Composed of 14 soloists of the Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes, the Frivol’Ensemble is a chamber group specialising in French vocal and instrumental music of the 19th and 20th centuries, discovering lesser-known repertoire. Founded by the bassoonist Benjamin El Arbi and the clarinettist Mathieu Franot, Les Frivolités Parisiennes has set out since 2012 to offer a new approach to opera, with research into the rarer, largely forgotten works of opéra comique from the last two centuries, highlighting its contemporary relevance, and passing on to children, young professionals and the public the broadest possible love of living theatre.
The company of the Frivolités Parisiennes has been in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac, the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne and at the Théâtre de Saint-Dizier. It is supported by the Fondation Orange and the Caisse des Dépôts.
Photo: Bernard Martinez