Les Femmes are an independent classical music ensemble formed in 2011 in Tricity. Finalists of the Cadenza Contest International Competition, Italy 2021, in the category Ensembles . The artwork of the ensemble involves own interpretation opera collages dating back to the pasticcio tradition of 17th and 18th century. These musical performances comprise arias, songs, and other fragments of works by classical music composers, all linked by a coherent plot and a new interpretive context. This ingenious combination conceives a new quality. It encourages artists to flirt with the form and imposes fresh interpretations on musical stage. Ladies’ Summer, At the Crossroads, or a Fiddler for Rent, Girls from Naples, Fairy tale Opera, Polish Landscape, In a Small Cinema – all these programmes first came as a wish, only later they turned into performances and became a permanent feature of our repertoire. The ensemble presents a distinguishing quality in their performances expressing strong emotions, hosting vivid characters in their plot, and at the same time bringing forward a positive and original message.
Les Femmes have performed over four hundred concerts and performances on Polish and foreign musical stages. In 2019 the ensemble released their first album Polish Landscape (Pejzaż polski) with songs by Polish composers, and in 2020 an album with jazz rendition of songs from the interwar cinema, called In a small cinema (W małym kinie). In 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, the first online opera performance Girls from Naples and the online concert Rosarium were recorded, and the live broadcast of the premiere of the oratorio-performance The Three Marries.
Les Femmes cooperated, among others, with Philharmonic of Romuald Traugutt in Warsaw; The Baltic Opera in Gdańsk, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, and the Polish Philharmonic Sinfonia Baltica in Słupsk, Philharmonic in Koszalin, Elbląg Chamber Orchestra, Baltic Artistic Agency BART in Sopot, Baltic Sea Centre of Culture in Gdańsk, the Polish House in Vilnius, and the Théâtre Ephéméride in Val de Reuil. They have taken part in numerous festivals, including: the Song Festival of Polish Composers in Warsaw, the International Bydgoszcz Opera Festival (Opera Forum Młodych), the International Chamber Music Festival “Music on the Heights” in Zakopane, the International Festival Belle Voci in Brzeg Dolny, International Festival “Masters of Praying to Music” in Katowice, Festival “Female Art Confrontation” in Słupsk, Kosciański Fairy Tale Festival (performance for children), Festival “Music Evenings at Lutherans” in Zielona Góra (inaugural concert), XXXV Jubilee Festival of Organ and Chamber Music in Kartuzy (inaugural concert), and Fete de la Musique on the ship of the French frigate De Grasse in Gdynia.
The ensemble permanently cooperates with pianists: Arkadiusz Farkowski, Sebastian Godziński, Łukasz Jankowski, Ignacy Wiśniewski, and Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk, the Chamber Ensemble of Piotr Jamioła, and with the Chamber Orchestra of St. Paul, as well as with the Ignacy Wiśniewski Jazz Band. In 2017 the singers invited to cooperation the opera blogger, Nadia Attavanti.