Founded in 2006 by Caroline Mutel and Sébastien d’Hérin, Les Nouveaux Caractères is a period-instrument ensemble with a special interest in baroque opera and theatrical forms, and a desire to highlight the pleasure of inventiveness and intermixing. Together, they are partnering with the Auditorium-Orchestre national de Lyon for three seasons, beginning in 2019/2020.
They cover the greatest works in the early music repertoire (Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Vespers for the Blessed Virgin, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Magnificat, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Dido and Aeneas, Mondonville’s grands motets, among others). At the same time, they also perform less well-known or even forgotten scores, such as Égine by Colin de Blamont, Les Surprises de l’amour by Rameau, Scylla et Glaucus by Leclair, and Pimmalione de Cherubini…
Their artistic choices are guided as much by musicological research as by the interaction with other artistic disciplines, such as opera, original works or shows for children: Dido and Aeneas with the artist Florence Dupré-Latour, Dios proveerà with the Circassians in La Gata Cirko from Bogota, Bach = 14 with the juggler Clément Dazin (show performed in January 2016 in the Auditorium), Chaconnes with the dancer Raphaëlle Delaunay, M. Croche, impressions d’outre-tombe with the multimedia artist Frédéric Deslias.
Les Nouveaux Caractères have performed in Paris (Salle Gaveau and Opéra-Comique), at the Opéra royal in Versailles, at the Théâtre impérial in Compiègne, at the opera houses in Bordeaux, Avignon, Rouen, Besançon, Massy, Rennes and Tours, at the Festivals in Ambronay, Utrecht, Sablé, La Chaise-Dieu and in Venice (Fondation Bru Zane). They have recorded Égine (M.B.F.), Les Surprises de l’amour (Glossa Music), Scylla et Glaucus (Alpha, Gramophone’s “Editor’s choice”) and The Salon of Scylla and Glaucus (Fuga libera).
The Auditorium-Orchestre national de Lyon contributes to the musical and artistic life of Lyon and its region by forging various types of partnerships and collaborations. It has decided to work even more closely with the baroque ensemble Les Nouveaux Caractères, which it is supporting in a three-year cycle of Handel’s Italian works.
Les Nouveaux Caractères receives support from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication/Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Department of Cultural Affairs. It is subsidised by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and the City of Lyon. It is supported by Spedidam, Adami and the Banque des territoires.
Les Surprises de l’amour
Les Indes galantes
Les Nouveaux Caractères