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La Néréide

Heart and mind

26 Sept 2024 | 20 h 00

In addition to their solo careers, Julie Roset, Camille Allérat and Ana Vieira Leite are also the founders of the La Néréide ensemble, which turns its attention to little-known repertoires. After an initial project - which was recorded - based on rare madrigals composed by Luzzasco Luzzaschi of Ferrara for three mysterious ladies from his city, they are now turning their attention to late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth century scores composed for use in young ladies' institutions, including the most famous of all, Saint-Cyr's Maison Royale de Saint-Louis. Founded in 1686 by Madame de Maintenon - Louis XIV's last mistress and secret wife - its aim was to provide a complete education - according to the criteria of the time - for penniless young noblewomen. Music and singing, of course, were an essential part of this higher education. Numerous composers were therefore called upon to write for the Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr, not least Louis Nicolas Clérambault, who composed this Three-part Miserere for them in 1745.

But behind its Pascalian-inspired title - "The heart has its reasons that reason does not know" - this original programme also looks at what set the hearts of these young ladies beating outside church. With a judicious selection of airs galants and airs de Cour, La Néréide invites us to explore the secret stirrings of passionate young souls.


  • Thu. 26 September 2024
    Opéra national de Lorraine


about 1 h 15 

€ 5 - 38



Julie Roset


Camille Allérat


Ana Vieira Leite


Emmanuel Arakélian

Viola da gamba

Salomé Gasselin

Theorbe and lute

Gabriel Rignol

Jean-François Lalouette


Louis-Nicolas Clérembault


airs de Cour from the early 18th century

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