Concert de l'Hostel Dieu

Guest Ensembles

Our ensemble was created in December of 1992 by Franck-Emmanuel Comte, at the time a student at the CNSMD de Lyon. With the support of the doctors of the centuries-old Lyonnais medical institution Hôtel-Dieu, the ensemble presented two concert seasons from 1992 to 1994 on the campus of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu (in the chapel, courtyards, and refectory). Our experiences during those years created close ties with the Lyonnais public as well as local communities, who quickly gave their support. In 1994, the ensemble left the medical institution’s campus and began performing in various auditoriums and churches throughout the Lyonnais metropolitan area. We ultimately developed an extramural season, initially self-produced, then later in cooperation with different regional cultural institutions. In the 2000s, we established our reputation in France and then abroad, through numerous concert tours. We recorded our first CD in 1997 (Alceste/G.F. Handel), which was followed by more than 20 other recordings. The most recent, released in October of 2020 (La Francesina / G.F. Handel), received numerous accolades from the international press, and was named “Disc of the Year 2021” by the International Classical Music Awards in the category of “Baroque Vocal”.

The Ghosts of Hamlet