Emmanuelle Haïm

Music & Artistic Director, Le Concert d’Astrée

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Emmanuelle Haïm is highly acclaimed as a performer and champion of the Baroque repertoire, both as a keyboard player and conductor. She has developed a strong relationship with both the Berliner Philharmoniker and Los Angeles Philharmonic, whom she has conducted regularly over several years. In recent seasons she has made her debut with the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Leipzig Gewandhaus and 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 2020-21 season their performances include productions of Le retour d’Idoménée, from Campra’s Idoménéeat Opéra de Lille and Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) in Geneva. They will also be touring Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Arras, Paris and Nancy, as well as performing Bach’s St. John Passion with ensemble Hemiola and the choir of Le Concert d’Astrée. Le Concert d’Astrée have their residency in Lille and are passionate and active ambassadors for this region.  

Emmanuelle has conducted regularly at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, including Theodora (Handel) and L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi). She has also performed Rodelinda (Handel) with Glyndebourne Touring OperaHippolyte et Aricie (Rameau) with Zurich Opera, and was the first woman to conduct at Chicago Lyric Opera (Handel’s Giulio Cesare). 

With Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle has a very extensive discography with Erato/Warner Classics. Their recordings have won numerous awards including Victoires de la Musique Classique (for Lamenti and Carestini), the Echo Deutscher Musikpreis and nominations for the Grammy 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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    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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    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
    Le Concert d’Astrée
    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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    20 Jan 20 Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    “…given a performance of spectacular musical vitality, one that mixed humor with outrage, one from a woman’s point of view, Haïm’s “Apollo e Dafne” took on a revelatory new aspect… Though conducting from the harpsichord, Haïm was mostly on her feet, in vivid contact with a small orchestra and bringing her unique combination of modern-day fire and voluptuousness to Handel.”

    Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 20 January 2020

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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.


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