Conductors

Emmanuelle Haïm

Music & Artistic Director, Le Concert d’Astrée

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Introduction

Emmanuelle Haïm is highly acclaimed as a performer and champion of the Baroque repertoire, both as a keyboard player and conductor. During the 2019/20 season she will make her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestras. Emmanuelle regularly conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker and Los Angeles Philharmonic and will return to both during this season. Last season her debuts included the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras as well as Zurich Opera, where she conducted a new production of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. Other recent debuts have included the Bayerischer Rundfunk and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras as well as the Wiener Philharmoniker, with performances in Vienna and at the Lucerne Festival.

In 2000 Emmanuelle founded Le Concert d’Astrée, which quickly established an international reputation. During the 2019/20 season their performances include a new production of Purcell’s The Indian Queen at Lille Opera and a Rameau and Mondonville double bill in Luxembourg and Caen.

Emmanuelle has conducted regularly at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, including Theodora (Handel) and L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi). She has also performed with Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera.

With Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle has a very extensive discography with Erato/Warner Classics, which have won numerous awards. Their most recent releases are a CD of Italian Cantatas by Handel performed by Sabine Devieilhe and Lea Desandre and a DVD of Handel’s Rodelinda filmed in Lille in 2018.

Emmanuelle is a Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, an Officier des Arts et des Lettres, an Officier de l’ordre national du Mérite and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.


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Performance Schedule

 
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    19:00 15 Dec 2019 Milton Court Concert Hall, LONDON

    HENRY PURCELL The Fairy Queen
    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major HWV 348
    Interval
    JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU Two Arias from Castor and Pollux
    JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU Suite from Dardanus

    Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
    Soprano: Lucy Crowe
    Tenor: Reinoud Van Mechelen
    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

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    20:00 16 Jan 2020 Walt Disney Concert Hall, LOS ANGELES

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Violin Concerto in A major
    GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN Concerto for Violin in A major ‘The Frogs’
    Interval
    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Apollo & Dafne HWV 122

    Violin: Martin Chalifour
    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic

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    20:00 17 Jan 2020 Walt Disney Concert Hall, LOS ANGELES

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Violin Concerto in A major
    GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN Concerto for Violin in A major ‘The Frogs’
    Interval
    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Apollo & Dafne HWV 122

    Violin: Martin Chalifour
    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic

Discography

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    HANDEL Rodelinda

    Label: Erato Warner Classics

    Release Date: 25 Oct 19

    Jeanine de Bique: Rodelinda
    Tim Mead: Bertarido
    Benjamin Hulett: Grimoaldo
    Avery Amereau: Eduige
    Jakub Józef Orliński: Unulfo
    Andrea Mastroni: Garibaldo
    Aminata Diouaré: Flavio
    Le Concert d’Astrée

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    Italian Cantatas

    Label: Erato Warner Classics

    Release Date: 23 Nov 18

    Le Concert d’Astrée
    Sabine Devieilhe
    Lea Desandre

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    Baroque

    Label: Warner Classics

    Release Date: 06 Nov 15

    Le Concert d’Astrée
    Nathalie Dessay

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    MOZART La Finta Giardiniera

    Label: Erato/Warner Classics

    Release Date: 22 Oct 15

    Carlo Allemano: Don Anchise, Podestà
    Erin Morley: Sandrina and Violante
    Enea Scala: Comte Belfiore
    Marie-Adeline: Henry Arminda
    Marie-Claude: Chappuis Ramiro
    Maria V. Savastano: Serpetta
    Nikolay Borchev: Roberto (Nardo)
    David Lescot: Stage Director
    Alwyne de Dardel: Set designs
    Sylvette Dequest: Costume designs

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    MONTEVERDI L'incoronazione di Poppea

    Label: Erato/Warner Classics

    Release Date: 22 Oct 15

    Other participants:
    Sonya Yoncheva
    Max Emanuel Cencic
    Ann Hallenberg
    Tim Mead
    Paul Whelan
    Amel Brahim-Djelloul
    Rachid Ben Abdeslam
    Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
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    Jean-François Sivadier

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    HANDEL Messiah

    Label: Erato/Warner Classics

    Release Date: 21 Oct 14

    Le Concert d’Astrée Orchestre et Chœur
    Lucy Crowe, soprano
    Tim Mead, counter-tenor
    Andrew Staples, tenor
    Christopher Purves, baritone

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    16 Nov 18 Philadelphia Orchestra
    Verizon Hall

    “The Music for the Royal Fireworks was familiar, of course, and yet it wasn’t. Often taken up by our modern orchestras, the work has acquired a pompous veneer – broad tempos, full-throttle volume in places. Haïm brought subtlety. She bent the end of phrases ever so slightly in places and gave rhythms a snap. It was anything but stodgy.”

    Peter Dobrin, The Inquirer, 16 November 2018

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    11 Jun 18 Leipzig Gewandhausorchester
    Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

    “Die hält den Laden meist mit Blicken und Gesten zusammen, derweil sie die mit einem weiteren Cembalo und Laute prachtvoll besetzte Continuo-Gruppe filigran verstärkt. Hin und wieder springt sie auf, boxt Impulse, zupft Details, piekst Akzente in die Luft, formt so einen federleichten und doch kraftvollen, kultivierten und betörenden Händelklang, dem es an nichts fehlt.”

    Peter Korfmacher, Leipziger Volkszeitung, 11 June 2018

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    17 Nov 17 Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    “She made Purcell, Bach and Pergolesi sound newly born… Haïm’s great contribution to Baroque music is to go beyond the scholarly (boys) school and conduct her way. She is personal. She is physical. She waves her arms and moves her body as if coaxing emotion out of restrained players. She doesn’t so much conduct an orchestra as partner with individuals, one on one. She makes it seem as though she directly addresses each ensemble player as an individual.”

    Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 17 November 2017

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    24 Jun 16 Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno Le Concert d’Astrée
    Aix-en-Provence Festival

    “With Emmanuelle Haïm drawing exuberant playing from her ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée, this was as good as opera gets.”
    Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, 3rd July 2016

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    02 Oct 15 CAVALLI Xerse
    Opéra de Lille

    “The beautiful idea of bringing back to life, in this year of the tercentenary of the death of Louis XIV, the opera which was performed at the wedding of the Sun King with Maria Theresa of Austria: Xerse, by Cavalli, has not been played since its debut on 22 November 1660 at the Apollo Gallery of the Louvre. In doing so, the Lille Opera (associated with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, at the Théâtre de Caen Toneelhuis Antwerp) presented this 2 October, one of the most exciting opera productions of this school year … “
    Le Monde, 7 October 2015

    ” … In the pit, Emmanuelle Haïm directs her Concert d’Astree, rich in nuances, and dramatic intelligence. With advocates such as these, Cavalli‘s cause deserves to be heard.”
    Les Echos, 8 October 2015

Le Concert d'Astrée

Le Concert d’Astrée, directed by Emmanuelle Haïm, is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to Baroque music. It is currently among the most prestigious ensembles performing this repertoire in the world. Founded in 2000 by Emmanuelle Haïm, bringing together accomplished instrumentalists who share the same artistic temperament and a natural, expressive musical style, Le Concert d’Astrée has achieved rapid success. It received the 2003 Victoire de la Musique Classique award for best ensemble of the year and in 2008 was named early music ensemble of the year at the Echo Deutscher Musikpreis in Germany.

Interviews

Emmanuelle Haïm discusses Rameau on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters September 2014