The set is distinguished by a sensitive and dynamic approach to the interpretation of the vocal repertoire of the 18th century. Under the direction of Franck-Emmanuel Comte, passionate artist and committed educator, he defends the originality and specificity of a regional repertoire by highlighting Baroque manuscripts preserved in the libraries of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The ensemble thus carries out various renditions and editions of unpublished scores enriched by the privileged links which Lyon maintained with Italy. Promoting a historical and philological approach to Baroque and Classical repertoire, including the Mozartian catalogue, The Concert of the Hostel Dieu systematically offers an interpretation on period instruments.
One of the strengths of the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu is its ability to transpose the richness and diversity of Baroque music to our time. Nourished by stimulating artistic collaborations, the ensemble is a hotbed of creativity that brings together the different Baroque aesthetics with various cultures and artists with diverse backgrounds. Its creations reinvent the concert format and aim at reaching new audiences of different ages and also to perform in outlying areas where access to cultural events is often limited.
As well as creating and performing, Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu also supports young soloists at the beginning of their careers, noticed at international singing competitions or academies.
The Concert de l’Hostel Dieu is supported by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, the City of Lyon, ADAMI and SPEDIDAM.
Ever since finishing his studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Lyon, Franck-Emmanuel Comte has held key positions and been a guest at opera houses (including Nantes, Lyon and Paris Opera Studio) and also with orchestras such as the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, the Auckland University Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Riga.
As artistic director of the concert de l’Hostel Dieu since its creation, he has conducted the ensemble in more than 1,500 concerts and 20 recordings. A regular guest in European and world capitals (such as Barcelona, Rome, Brussels, Madrid, Riga, Calcutta, Chennai, Beijing and Taiyuan) and several international festivals (including Brežice, Montserrat, Girona, Foligno, Wallonia, Ambronay, La Chaise-Dieu), Franck Emmanuel Comte is passionate about Baroque repertoire and also for transversal or atypical artistic projects.
He is artistic director of the Musicales en Auxois festival in Burgundy and of the Centre musical international J.-S. Bach de Saint Donat.