In 1760, Jean-Philippe Rameau composed Les Paladins, ultimate masterpiece of the French Baroque spirit, deliberately set under a fantasy and imagination atmosphere. It was under this spirit that Jérôme Correas founded, in 2001, his vocal and instrumental ensemble which mainly explores the dramatic French and Italian musical repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Les Paladins' interpretation is resolutely theatrical. Thanks to his double training as a singer and a harpsichordist, Jérôme Correas developed a particular style and sound. This is the genesis of the work on the "Parlé-Chanté" which characterizes several of the ensemble’s projects, in particular the seventeenth-century Italian opera and the comic opera: an interpretative approach based not just on the sole writing of the score but also on the search of expressive and theatrical freedoms related to the language and its rhythms, a deep work on the rubato, the improvisation, the reflection of the colors of the voice and the instruments, the passage of the singing to the spoken voice...
Les Paladins perform regularly in France (Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Philharmonie, Théâtre de l'Athénée, Nice operas, Reims, Rennes, Metz, Massy, Fondation Royaumont, Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, Ambronay ) and abroad, especially in the United States, Japan, and at the major European festivals.
Some of the highlights of recent years include the recreation of La Fausse magie, comic opera by Gretry with the Fondation Royaumont and the the Metz, Rennes and Reims operas with a staging of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, by Vincent Tavernier, with Arcal, directed by Christophe Rauck, hailed by critics and represented 44 times. In 2011, Les Paladins recreated the first opera presented in France: L'Egisto de Mazzocchi and Marazzoli (Fondation Royaumont and Théâtre de l'Athénée), directed by Jean-Denis Monory; followed by Monteverdi’s “The Return of Ulysses in his Homeland” with Arcal, directed by Christophe Rauck, “Les Indes Galantes” by Rameau, directed by Constance Larrieu, that mixed singers and puppets and allowed the continuation of the work of mixing music with all other forms of artistic expression. Les Paladins then created "Molière à l'Opéra", a show about the collaboration between Molière and Lully, whose recording was released in 2016.
Les Paladins have recorded about ten records that received many awards: Handel's cantatas with Sandrine Piau, Lamentations of Porpora with Karine Deshayes (Arion), "The Fiery Serpents in the Wilderness" of Hasse, "Soleils Baroques", with the music of Luigi Rossi and Marco Marazzoli (Ambronay), Jephte of Carissimi, Cavalli’s L’Ormindo (Pan Classics), "Tenebris" (Cypress), "Le triomphe de l’amour" with Sandrine Piau (Naive), "Molière à Opera" (Glossa).
Les Paladins are residents at the Opéra de Massy and at the Centre des Bords de Marne at Perreux-sur-Marne and at they are Associated Artists at the Fondation Singer-Polignac.