Although the world is still in the middle of the Corona-crisis, musical life is going on! Which is indeed good news! In Catania, the town where Vincenzo Bellini was born, a new festival has been launched under the title „Bellini Renaissance“. Sergio Alapont will be joining this new festival as a guest-conductor. On September 25th he will conduct choir and orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Bellini within a „Gran Gala Lirico“. Soloists of the comprehensive Bellini-programme will be Desiree Rancatore (soprano), Laura Polverelli (mezzo-soprano), Shalva Mukeria (tenor) and Carmelo Corrado Caruso (bass). By the way, this is already Sergio Alapont’s 4th commitment with Catania’s Teatro Massimo Bellini!
The season is starting for Marion Tassou with two staged productions in close collaboration with the outstanding ensemble „Les Frivolités Parisiennes“ … provided that the virus permits it.
First the famous French operetta Normandie by Paul Misraki in which Marion will be performing the role of Barbara. Opening-night at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi on September 26th 2020. Further performances at the Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, the Théâtre Municipal du Havre and the Théâtre de l’Athénée Louis Jouvet in Paris.
After a performance together with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire when making a stop-over in Nantes, the town where she was born, Marion will be meeting “Les Frivolités Parisiennes” again at the Théâtre de l’Athénée Louis Jouvet in Paris for a production of the operetta Le Diable à Paris by Marcel Lattès (role of Marguerite). Opening-night on December 18th 2020. Further performances until January 9th 2021.
Link to a Video clip with Marion Tassou performing a song from Normandie.
The programme to be played within the first evening-concert of Arie van Beek’s 8th season as Artistic and Musical Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève reflects perfectly the spirit of its creator, Arie van Beek himself. It is entirely adjusted to orchestra, location and audience, concurrently inventive, well-balanced and full of artistic vigour. In short a programme which enjoys everyone! Here are the details: Symphony Nr. 34 KV 338 by Mozart, Variations for piano and orchestra on „Là ci darem la mano“ op. 2 by Chopin (soloist: Nathalia Milstein), the Sinfonietta op. 1 by Britten as well as the ballet Les Sylphides based on piano-pieces by Chopin in a later orchestration by Benjamin Britten.
This opening-concert of the season will take place on September 29th at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva.
All dates of performances
In 2019, we had the pleasure to see Perrine Madoeuf performing the vocally extremely demanding role of Countess Adèle in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. It took place at the Opéra de Rouen and it was a triumph. The specialized press commented enthusiastically “the evidentially belcanto-specialist’s luxuriant sound and vocal flexibility as well as the pure clearness of her coloratura and phrasing” (Resmusica), “her instinctiveness and communicative energy” (ODB-Opéra), her “seductive timbre and masterly control of complex phrases in diverse registers” (Olyrix) and “her striking vocal implicitness” (Forumopera).
Today, we have the pleasure of welcoming Perrine Madoeuf to our artists’ management. Thank you for trusting us, dear Perrine, and long live our tandem!
After months of shutdown due to the covid 19 pandemic the Cologne Opera is also getting back to performing again on October 3rd, 2020 even with a remarkable stage-production: Mozart’s The Magic Flute is being staged following a conception by the legendary director and theatre maker Michael Hampe who was guiding the fortunes of the Cologne Opera as theatre-manager throughout 20 years.
For the numerous scheduled performances of this new-production the Cologne Opera has engaged a multiple cast concerning the soloists, but also two conductors sharing the performances of the series. Hence Alfred Eschwé is taking over the musical direction of The Magic Flute in Cologne too, an opera which he already made his Vienna State Opera debut in 2003 with; however, he also conducted this piece previously already at the Hamburg State Opera, the Tokyo New National Theatre and with other opera-companies.
We are glad to welcome Margot Genet to our artists’ roster. Born in Limoges (France) in 1994 the soprano took vocal- and violoncello-lessons in her home-town before pursuing her studies at the Geneva Haute Ecole de Musique and at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Her first roles on stage were Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Elle in La Voix humaine. In 2019/20 she performed the roles of The Fire, The Princess and The Nightingale in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Opéra de Lyon. Next season she will be back to the Opera Studio of the Opéra de Lyon, taking part in a staged production of Dukas Ariane et Barbe-Bleue (role of Ygraine) as well as in an Offenbach-gala-concert. Concurrently she will also join the Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky.