Les Paladins is a vocal and instrumental baroque orchestra founded and directed by Jérôme Correas. Ever since 2001, Jérôme Correas and Les Paladins have explored the dramatic music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, from Monteverdi to Mozart.
Jérôme Correas, who trained as both singer and harpsichordist, has developed an innovative artistic approach based on the theatricality of the voice and the relationship between music and the performing arts. He favours an interpretative approach not only based on the score but also on the search of expressive and theatrical freedoms related to the language and its rhythms, as well as a deep work on the rubato, on the improvisation, both in the lyrical and religious repertoires.
Staged productions by les paladins have included: L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria sua (directed by christophe rauck), Cavalli’s l’Ormindo and Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (directed by Dan Jemmett), Grétry’s opéra-comique La Fausse Magie (directed by Vincent Tavernier), Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes (directed by Constance Larrieu), Viva España (with the choreographer Ana Yepes), Handel’s Amadigi (directed by Bernard Lévy), the first modern performances of Clapisson’s opéra-comique about slavery Le Code Noir (directed by Jean-Pierre Baro) Their last creation ORFEO 5063 (created in January 2022), is a collaboration with the visual artist and videographer Guillaume Marmin around Monteverdi’s music. In 2023, les Paladins will invite on stage choreographer and contemporary dancer Ambra Senatore, for Café Libertà a lyrical and danced performance around Bach’s and Bernier’s coffee cantatas.
The ensemble has also given concerts at numerous festivals in Europe, the United States and Japan, introducing audiences to unknown works from the baroque era. Les Paladins are also involved in cultural mediation and the professional training of young singers and instrumentalists. They participate in numerous educational projects with the venues where Les Paladins are in residence.
Les Paladins have recorded a dozen albums. Following Cavalli's L'Ormindo (Pan Classics) and Le triomphe de l'amour (Naive), Enchantresses (released in January 2022 by Alpha Classics) is the fourth album of their privileged collaboration with soprano Sandrine Piau. In September 2022, Tempesta di Mare will be released, a live album recorded by B Records around Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto da Camera. The concert Exsultate, Jubilate! with Karine Deshayes will be recorded in October 2022 with the label Aparté (release in 2023).