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Hervé Niquet

, conductor from the positive organ

Like most composers of baroque music whose works he cherishes, Hervé Niquet is an accomplished musician. He studied harpsichord, organ, ensemble direction and lyrical music. At the age of 17, he opted for a training as choir director, which in 1980 led to his appointment as choirmaster of the Opéra National de Paris.

The experience gathered with major baroque ensembles allowed him to develop a special bond with the French %22Grand Motet%22 of the 17th and 18th centuries. His desire to revive this widely unknown repertoire resulted in his founding of Le Concert Spirituel in 1987, thus bringing back to life one of the most famous French musical institutions under the reign of Louis XV and Louis XVI. His marked preference for the theatre helps to explain his inclination towards a lyrical repertoire: Hercules by George Frideric Handel in 1985, La Cambiale di Matrimonio by Gioacchino Rossini in 1988 and 1991, King Arthur by Henry Purcell in 1991 and 1995, Pigmalion by Jean-Philippe Rameau in 1994, Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier in 1996, Le Triomphe d'Iris by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault in 1998,and Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell in 2001.

In a growing number of engagements for other ensembles,Hervé Niquet opened the 1998-99 season of the Opéra de Nancy with Alcina by Handel, while in 1999 he directed Fireworks and Water Music by Handel for the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston. Under his direction, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo recorded music by Emmanuel Chabrier. Niquet also makes regular appearances at the Festival de Musique Baroque de Lamèque (Canada), the Tafelmusik Ensemble and the Opera-Atelier Company (Toronto).

In 2001, he appeared in Toronto (Orpheus by Gluck and Persée by Lully with Tafelmusik and Opéra Atelier), and at the Opéra de Nancy (The Seven Last Words of Christ by Haydn, Concerto champêtre by Poulenc, España by Chabrier, a creation of Georges Boeuf). He also directed Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse by Boismortier at the Opera of Lucerne, as well as Dido and Aeneas by Purcell at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Messe Super Flumina Babylonis
Les Boréades
March, 2002