Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu (FR)

The Concert de l'Hostel Dieu consists of a solo vocal ensemble and an orchestra playing on early instruments, who give about sixty concerts annually, which are mainly devoted to the baroque vocal repertoire. They are frequently invited to perform at international festivals and venues. The performances of the Concert de l'Hostel Dieu are always marked by a modern and dynamic approach to the baroque repertoire. Many of them involve different artistic disciplines. Innovative forms are developed and interfaces are created between oral traditions and 'classical' repertoire. In short, their artistic choices are bold and original. As well as creating and performing, the Concert de l'Hostel Dieu also supports young artists at the beginning of their careers and endeavours both to appeal to younger audiences, and to perform in outlying areas, where access to cultural events is often limited.

Cast: Heather Newhouse - soprano, Stéphanie Varnerin - soprano, Anthea Pichanick - contralto, Hugo Peraldo - tenor, Romain Bockler - bass, Reynier Guerrero - violin, Simon Pierre - violin, Sayaka Shinoda - viola, Adrien Carré - viola, Aude Walker-Viry - cello, Nicolas Janot - double-bass, Caroline Huynh Van Xuan - organ, Etienne Galletier - theorbo, by direction of Franck-Emmanuel Comte.

The recording of the opening concert at festival Seviqc Brežice 2016: http://www.seviqc-brezice.si/video/opening-concert-seviqc-2016.html


Franck-Emmanuel Comte

Since graduating from the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, where he studied conducting and composition, Franck-Emmanuel Comte has held key posts and appeared as a guest artist in various opera companies, including the Nantes Opera; the Lyon Opera and the Paris Opera Studio. This experience has served to establish his musical personality even more firmly. He has been the artistic director of the Concert de l'Hostel Dieu since its creation and performs regularly in most of the capital cities of Europe and in large number of international festivals, notably Ambronay, La Chaise Dieu, L’Île de France, Namur, Barcelona, Brežice, Rome Montserrat, Girona and Foligno.

Heather Newhouse-Peraldo, soprano

Canadian soprano, Heather Newhouse, has won various international competitions, notably the international baroque singing competition in Froville where she won 1st prize. Member of the Studio Opéra de Lyon, she participated in various productions in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons (Ravel / l’Enfant et les sortilèges, Shostakovich / The Nose, Mozart / The magic flute). Alongside her opera commitments, she often collaborates with the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu since 2008 where she is the main soprano soloist.

Anthea Pichanick, contralto

Graduate of the National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, Anthea sings regularly with the Choeur de femmes Calliope. With the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, she appeared in the role of Ozias in Juditha triumphans, in the Gloria and the Nisi Dominus by Vivaldi, and in the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi. In 2013, she recorded The Song of the Sibyl with the orchestra and the choir of the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu. In August 2015 she won the international baroque singing competition in Innsbruck, Austria.

Stéphanie Varnerin, soprano

Stéphanie Varnerin won several international prizes since her debuts. On stage she was Mrs Martin in The Bald Soprano by Calvin, Caroline in Die Fledermaus by Strauss, Véronique by Messager or La Fille de Mme Angot by Lecoq in Festival d’Aix-les-bains. With Opéra-Studio of Geneva, she interpreted Livietta in Livietta e Tracolo by Pergolesi or Colette in Le Devin du village by Rousseau. She is regularly seen on stage with Le Collegium Orpheus, Les Folies du temps and l’orchestre Lamoureux.

Hugo Peraldo, tenor

He started singing at a young age with the Maîtrise du conseil général de la Loire where he also studied choir direction and flute. When he finishes his studies at Dijon’s conservatoire in master Pierre Cao’s class, he will be directing both orchestra and choir. Hugo Peraldo is Franck Emmanuel Comte’s assistant for the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, where he also regularly sings.

Romain Bockler, barython

Romain Bockler passed his Master’s in early music with honors at National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon. He won several international competitions, including the first prize at the international baroque singing competition in Froville in 2013. On stage, he has been directed by H. Niquet («Le Concert Spirituel»), J. Tubéry (»La Fenice»)  J.-M. Aymes («Le Concerto Soave »), J. Suhubiette («Ensemble Jacques Moderne», »Chœur de chambre«, «Les Éléments») in  L. Garcia Alarcon («Chœur de chambre de Namur»).

Artist message to visitors

Franck-Emmanuel Comte, the leader of Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu said that he always had a special affection for Georg Friedrich Handel, particularly for his Italian years. Handel’s absorption of the Italian style greatly enhanced his already formidable talent. He was able to produce music of tremendous power that continues to reach out to audience nowadays. Throughout the years, Comte and the Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu devoted lots of research, concerts and recordings to Handel. With the current programme they offer a special take on the "Dixit Dominus".