Desmarest: Circé / d'Hérin, Les Nouveaux Caracteres

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Desmarest was something of a frustrated genius. A precocious musician, he had a great career on opera from 1693 to 1698. His destiny was broken when he kidnapped the love of his life and fled to Brussels to escape a death sentence. Kapellmeister to the King of Spain, Philippe V in 1701, then to the Duke of Lorraine, Paris remained off-limits to him until 1720 … Circé (1694) was his apotheosis, meeting of Ulysses and the sorcerers, a superb and supernatural heroine. The dramatic force of the work stimulates the flamboyant Véronique Gens who plays the evil lover!

Product Description:

  • Release Date: March 24, 2023

  • Catalog Number: CVS085

  • UPC: 3770011431915

  • Label: Chateau de Versailles

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • Period: Baroque

  • Composer: Henry Desmarest

  • Conductor: Sébastien d'Hérin

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Nouveaux Caracteres

  • Performer: Veronique Gens, Mathias Vidal, Caroline Mutel, Minerve Cécile, Romain Bockler, Nicolas Courjal


  1. Circé

    Composer: Henry Desmarest

    Ensemble: Les Nouveaux Caracteres

    Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano), Mathias Vidal (Tenor), Caroline Mutel (Soprano), Cécile Achille (Soprano), Romain Bockler (Baritone), Nicolas Courjal (Bass)

    Conductor: Sebastien d'Herin