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Hervé Niquet

Hervé Niquet

Following the example of baroque composers whose works he has conducted, Hervé Niquet is an all-round musician who has studied the harpsichord, ensemble conducting, composition and also opera singing. At the age of 17, his studies were already directed towards choir training and conducting. In 1980, he was appointed singing master of the Opéra National de Paris. For the re-opening of the Ballet de Monte-Carlo in 1985 and at the request of H.S.H. Princess Caroline of Monaco, he wrote a work for ballet and orchestra inspired by Stefan Zweig’s A Day in the Life of a Woman. Hervé Niquet was trained in the major European baroque ensembles and developed an affinity for the great French motet of the 17th and 18th centuries. He then founded “Le Concert spirituel” in 1988 in order to revive this still unknown repertory, thereby restoring one the finest French institutions under Louis XV and Louis XVI. Furthermore, Hervé Niquet has evinced a strong drawing to opera. Besides producing Purcell’s King Arthur and recording Rameau’s Pigmalion, Le Concert spirituel is the first ensemble ever to have recorded an opera by Rossini on period instruments, namely La Cambiale di Matrimonio. The ensemble has been prolific in recording many unknown baroque works. In 1996, Le Concert spirituel performed Boismortier’s Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse at L’Opéra Comique (Paris), Le Grand Théâtre de Dijon, Le Théâtre de Nancy et de Lorraine as well as L’Arsenal de Metz, where the work was recorded on the Naxos label.

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