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Les Talens Lyriques & Siobhan Stagg

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7 Nov - 25 Nov 2020

2020 International Concert Season

As a child visiting Paris, Christophe Rousset demanded to be taken to the gorgeous Baroque palace and gardens of Versailles, now a byword for lavish ornamentation and luxurious decorative arts. It was the beginning of a brilliant career, and the inspiration for what has become his life’s work in the music of this era, first as a prodigious harpsichordist and then, since 1991, as the leader of his own extraordinary ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques. To experience their performance is to understand why the French gave us so many words like ‘élan’ and ‘panache’ – words which equally describe the stunning virtuosity of Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg, their featured soloist on this tour.

Playing period instruments in the tone and style which would have been familiar to Louis XIV, Les Talens wear their expertise lightly and without pretension. Christophe Rousset has put together a program fit for 18th-century royalty: a Baroque entertainment or Récréation, at which the audience are welcome guests. Entrancing instrumental works are woven amongst a series of heroines brought to life by Siobhan Stagg’s meltingly beautiful voice.

Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset Director and Harpsichord
Siobhan Stagg Soprano

LULLY Les Amours déguisés: ‘Ah, Rinaldo, e dove sei?’ 
LECLAIR Deuxième récréation de musique, op 8 (excerpts)
MONTÉCLAIR La morte di Lucretia
HANDEL Trio Sonata in G major, op 5 no 4, HWV399 (excerpts) 
HANDEL Notte placida e cheta, HWV142

Program Timings

104 minutes

Tour supported by the Musica Viva Amadeus Society.

Join us at every concert for exclusive experiences including pre-concert talks to enhance your concert experience, as well as the chance to meet your favourite artists.


Prior to the concert, join fellow music lovers in this fascinating pre-concert talk and discover some of the intricate moments within the concert program.

Sydney 07 Nov – 1.15pm, Function Room Level 1
Melbourne 10 Nov – 6.15pm, Boardroom, Level 2
Brisbane 12 Nov – 6.30pm, Boardroom
Sydney 16 Nov – 6.15pm, Function Room Level 1
Adelaide 19 Nov – 6.45pm, Prince Alfred Room
Melbourne 21 Nov – 6.15pm, Boardroom, Level 2
Perth 23 Nov – 6.45pm, Corner Stage Riverside, Terrace level 2
Canberra 25 Nov – 6.15pm, Athenaeum (Foyer)


Immediately following the performance, CDs will be available for purchase, which the group will be happy to sign.

Sydney 16 Nov – Post concert, Foyer
Adelaide 19 Nov – Post concert, Foyer
Melbourne 21 Nov – Post concert, Foyer


Immediately following the performance, join the group for an entertaining and light-hearted Meet the Artist session. Come with any questions you may have! 

Sydney 07 Nov - Post concert, Function Room Level 1
Melbourne 10 Nov - Post concert, Foyer
Brisbane 12 Nov - Post concert, Foyer
Perth 23 Nov - Post concert. Corner Stage Riverside, Terrace level 2
Canberra 25 Nov - Post concert, Athenaeum (Foyer)

Les Talens Lyriques - Da Tempeste

Siobhan Stagg: excerpt from Brahms' Requiem

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