Les Délices News

indulgenceThematically cohesive and stocked with immaculate performances, the brief program did more than just relate the legends of Icarus and Phaeton and how they were doomed by their ambitions. It reminded listeners of the ongoing success that Les Delices represents in the world of Baroque music.

Also on display: the group’s knack for picking great guests. In Canadian soprano Shannon Mercer, the septet had a stunning artistic ally, a voice of near-limitless power and agility as well as an interpreter steeped in the theatricality of the repertoire.

Read the Review for Folly of Youth from the Plain Dealer

Recitals that feature duo-harpsichordists are rare enough treats, but the program of French baroque music that Michael Sponseller and Jacob Street played on Les Délices’ series at The Galleries at Cleveland State University on Saturday evening, January 16, was an extraordinary tasting menu of twenty opera-related delights. These ranged from the ancien cuisine music of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Marin Marais to the nouvelle cuisine experiments of Armand-Louis Couperin, sandwiched around ten wonderfully varied main courses by Jean-Philippe Rameau and followed by a pair of postprandial confections supplied by Pancrace Royer.

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Galante Experiments: Les Délices in “The Age of Indulgence” at Plymouth Church (Nov. 8)

Les Délices continues to explore French Rococo music in two “Age of Indulgence” concerts

French dances and more: “Toutes Suites” with Les Délices on LCCC Signature Series (September 24)

Les Délices to open the LCCC Signature Series on September 24

Les Délices’s “The Angel and the Devil” at Plymouth Church (April 26)

Les Délices: “The Musketeers” at the Bop Stop (October 25)

Les Délices’ new program The Leading Man features the unique voice and dynamic stage-presence of tenor Jason McStoots, who performs feats of musical heroism, absurdist comedy, and ravishing beauty in this program of operatic excerpts by Lully, Boismortier, Leclair, and Rameau. Les Délices performs at William Busta Gallery on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:00pm, and in Herr Chapel at Plymouth Church (2860 Coventry Rd., Shaker Heights) on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:00pm (a pre-concert lecture by Dr. Georgia Cowart begins at 3pm).

The Leading Man is inspired one of the 18th century’s most famous tenors, Pierre Jélyotte. Jélyotte was the Paris Opéra’s leading man and comic muse from the mid-1730s through the 1750s, performing lead roles in virtually of Rameau’s operas among many others. Known for his kind and humble nature, Jélyotte easily took to roles that cast him as a hero, a fair and just king, or a faithful lover. Yet he also excelled in comedy: cross-dressing for the role of deluded frog-princess in Rameau’s Platée.

Press Release for ‘The Leading Man’