Les Paladins

Les Paladins


In 1760, Jean - Philippe Rameau composes Les Paladins, a final masterpiece of the French baroque trend, set on purpose in a fancy and imaginative atmosphere.
This spirit has lead Jérôme Correas to form his vocal and instrumental ensemble in 2001, in order to explore mostly the Italian musical dramatic repertoire from the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.

The performance of les Paladins is totally theatrical. Thanks to his double training as a singer and a harpsichordist, Jérôme Correas looks for a style and a sound specific to his ensemble. These are the origins of his work on « Parlé chanté» that caracterises most of his productions. Les Paladins develop an interpretative approach based not only on the sole composition of the score, but on the search for evocative liberty and theatricality related to any form of languages, and the relationships these languages develop with the sounds.



Les Paladins regulary perform in the United States (Getty Center in Los Angeles, Washington, San José, San Francisco...), in England (Wigmore Hall), in Belgium (Palais des Beaux - Arts in Bruxelles), in Holland (Utrecht), in Germany (Potsdam), in Switzerland (Opera in Lausanne), in Italy (Rome, Turin, Sienne, Brescia), in Sweden (Stockholm festival), in Czech Republic.
Les Paladins have been associated with the Fondation Royaumont from 2010 to 2013 and they are associated with the Reims Opera since 2014.

Among the prominent scenic performances of these last years : The Coronation of Poppea by Monteverdi staged by Christophe Rauck,, recognised by critics and toured 44 times with l’Arcal (TGP in Saint - Denis, operas in Versailles, Rennes, Reims, Massy ...) ; in 2011-2012, the premiere of L’Egisto by Mazzocchi and Marazzoli, first Italian opera given in France in 1646 ; in 2013, The Return of Ulysses in his Homeland,opera by Monteverdi, staged by Christophe Rauck (TGP in Saint-Denis, Théâtre Firmin Gémier / La Piscine, Operas in Massy and Nice, Scène nationale de Saint Quentin en Yvelines, Poissy...) ; and in 2013-2014, a tour for the performance «In the streets of Naples», Neapolitan musics from the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries, choreographed by Ana Yepes, and staged by Olivier Collin.
In 2015, the new performance of the Indes Galantes by Rameau (staging Constance Larrieu) mingling singers and marionnettists goes on with this matching music with other modes of artistic expression.
Les Paladins are also invited by the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Chatelet, Cité de la Musique, Opéra de Montpellier, and by the festivals of Ambronay, La Chaise-Dieu, Noirlac, Sully, Toulouse, Ribeauvillé, Saintes, Namur and the Bibliothèque nationale de France with whom they work regularly upon several original scores.

Les Paladins work for the designing of innovative and pluridisciplinary projects by organising some collaborations with other artistic milieux, like the circus arts, marionnette, danse and theatre. They try to make their art reachable to most of the people, by organising several introduction workshops to a concert, designed for pupils, music school students. They also get involved in professionnal trainings for young singers during masterclasses. Les Paladins have recorded for Arion, Pan Classics and Ambronay Editions.

In 2012 was released, at Naïve, the recording « Le Triomphe de l’Amour » (Triumph of Love) with the soprano Sandrine Piau, dealing with French XVIIIth century music. The program was toured in the Galerie des Glaces of Versailles Castle and was rewarded by the Gramophone Record of the month in September 2012. They also have recorded « Tenebris » at Cypres Records, Leçons de ténèbres by Bernier, Du Mont, Michel, Couperin, and De Brossard.


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Xavier Antoinet
Xavier Antoinet