The historical-performance ensemble Les Talens Lyriques has devoted itself to Baroque opera and often to the revival of unfamiliar operatic scores. The group also performs works in other genres, many of them French. Les Talens Lyriques was formed in 1991 by harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset, who remains its director. It is supported not only by patrons but by the city of Paris and the French Ministry of Culture. The ensemble took its name from the subtitle of Rameau's 1739 opera Les Fêtes d'Hébé. Rameau, with such difficult-to-stage works as Les Indes galantes, with its Peruvian-Native American-Turkish setting, has indeed occupied a chunk of the ensemble's attention. Les Talens Lyriques has collaborated with a variety of directors, choreographers, and stage designers in its efforts to bring to life operas from the ...
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