In 2019 Margot Genet made her debut at the Lyon Opera in L’enfant et les sortilèges (roles of the Princess and the Nighingale). With the permission of the virus she will be back soon to this prestigious stage, taking part in a new production of Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-Bleue (role of Ygraine) being currently rehearsed. Opening night on March 13.
The virus interrupted Clarac-Deloeuil > le lab’s preparation of the new Mozart-Da Ponte-trilogy at the Brussels La Monnaie / De Munt in March right before opening the performance-series. Their staging of La Clemenza di Tito at the Opéra de Rouen Normandie in November – although being conceived in two different versions – once in the original and once corona-compatible – had no chance to be presented in front of an audience in spite of constant efforts.
Clarac-Deloeuil > le lab’s next project is now Britten’s Death in Venice at the Opéra National du Rhin. There’s nothing else for it but to hope that this production at the beginning of the New Year will be rendered possible.
Opening-night in Strasbourg on February 21, 2021.
In January 2020 we had happily announced three, at the time upcoming, opera-commitments of Patrick Kabongo. However, not more than one of these survived: Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Tours Opera, the two others being swept away by the virus. The summer came and with it more cancellation of performance planning throughout the opera world. For Patrick the result was another opera production lost, this time with the Rossini-Festival in Bad Wildbad (Germany). In autumn he moreover lost the opportunity of making his overseas-debut (Don Pasquale at the Québec Opera).
For January 2021 Patrick had been engaged by the Nice Opera concerning the lovely part of George Brown within François-Adrien Boieldieu’s opéra-comique La dame blanche which had its world-premiere in Paris in 1825. Once again, due to health restrictions, the staged version as originally intended needed to be resigned and postponed to January 2022. However, not to relinquish the enormous rehearsal effort of everyone involved, the theatre-management decided to make at least a semi-staged version for a stream possible: without an audience, thus for cameras only, with the orchestra on stage and the soloists singing and acting (still without theatre-costumes) in front of the orchestra. The result can now be witnessed on the Opéra de Nice YouTube channel where it will remain available until end of April.
Link to the streaming of La dame blanche
Particular times require particular solutions. Throughout 23 years Alfred Eschwé created the New Year’s Concert of the Tonkünstler-Orchestra Niederösterreich, having also conducted and presented innumerable concert of this series in various towns. And then Covid 19 has put the kibosh on this planning at this change of the years. However, none is willing to abstain from devoured traditions so frivolously! The planned and already prepared program for 2021 was thus played at the St. Pölten Festival Hall without an audience for TV-cameras only. After all a welcome media compensation for everyone at home during the lockdown!
Moreover a New Year’s program of the Tonkünstler-Orchestra was recorded for CD in great foresight already last year to be released meanwhile too. Of course, with Alfred Eschwé conducting the orchestra and with a manifold program which also includes music by Dvorák, Gounod, Elgar and Lumbye next to Strauß, Lehár und Suppé! Samples from both New Year’s Concerts can be heard in the audio-files on this webpage. Link
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