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© Simon Fowler/Decca Classics
Concert Cecilia Bartoli
Cecilia Bartoli | Carlo Vistoli | Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco | Gianluca Capuano
This summer, Cecilia Bartoli will devote herself to a sacred program. She has chosen not only works by a composer she especially cherishes, Antonio Vivaldi, but also music by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, the “angelico maestro,” as Vincenzo Bellini called him. For Pergolesi, whose compositions sound like a promise of the future and in some moments already anticipate Mozart or Schubert, was only 26 when he completed his celebrated Stabat Mater a few weeks before his death in March 1736. That work is the focus of Bartoli’s concert with her ensemble Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco led by Gianluca Capuano. Unlike the recording from the early years of her career, this time Bartoli takes the higher of the two vocal parts – for the lower one, she has invited the countertenor Carlo Vistoli, who previously appeared at Lucerne Festival in John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi trilogy. Together they will make Pergolesi’s simple and songful cantilenas blossom – melodies that do not seek to overwhelm the listener with artistry, going all the deeper and straight to the heart.
Cecilia Bartoli © Uli Weber/Decca
Cecilia Bartoli, who comes from Rome, was trained by her mother Silvana Bazzoni. She made her opera debut in 1987 and in 1988, when she was only 22, worked for the first time with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in a production of Mozart's Così fan tutte. Right at the beginning of her career, she also encountered Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim. Cecilia Bartoli has been performing in the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls as well as at the major international festivals for 30 years. Early on, she worked with leading symphony orchestras as well as with early music ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Concentus Musicus Wien, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, La Scintilla, and I Barocchisti. In 2016 she founded the Monaco-based orchestra Les Musiciens du Prince. Baroque literature, Mozart, and bel canto are the main focuses of her repertoire, and she has helped to rediscover many forgotten works. Since 2012, Cecilia Bartoli has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, where she has appeared in recent years in such roles as Bellini's Norma, Rossini's Cenerentola, Maria from Bernstein's West Side Story, and Handel's Ariodante and Alcina. In 2023 she will become the first woman in the Opéra de Monte-Carlo’s history to take over management of the opera house. Cecilia Bartoli's CDs and DVDs have sold more than 12 million copies, and she has received no fewer than five Grammy Awards. Most recently, in late 2019, she released the album Farinelli with Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini. Among the numerous awards she has garnered are the Léonie Sonning Music Prize (2010), the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize (2012), and the Polar Music Prize (2016).
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1995 in a lieder recital, with György Fischer at the keyboard.
Born in 1987 in Lugo near Ravenna, the countertenor Carlo Vistoli initially studied piano, guitar, and musicology in Bologna. At the same time, he undertook vocal training with William Matteuzzi and then graduated in the Baroque singing class conducted by Sonia Prina at the Girolamo Conservatory Frescobaldi in Ferrara; he also took master classes from Monica Bacelli, Romina Basso, Marijana Mijanović, and Sara Mingardo. Vistoli won the Cleto Tomba Competition in 2012 and the Concorso Renata Tebaldi Competition in 2013. He has been a member of William Christie’s ensemble “Jardin des Voix” since 2015, undertaking a tour of Japan with them in the 2016-17 season; he has additionally appeared in performances of Monteverdi's L’Orfeo with Les Arts Florissants under Paul Agnew. Additional credits include appearances at the Spoleto Festival and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. He made his debut at Aix-en-Provence in Cavalli’s Erismena in July 2017.
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Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco © Alain Hanel
Les Musiciens du Prince - Monaco
The Baroque ensemble Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco was founded in spring 2016 at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo on the initiative of Cecilia Bartoli and is supported by Prince Albert II and his sister Caroline, Princess of Hanover. It brings together top international musicians who are closely acquainted with the tradition of European court music from the 17th to 19th centuries. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from Baroque composers such as Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel to Gioachino Rossini’s operatic works; a focus is also placed on rarities and rediscovered works. In its founding year, Les Musiciens du Prince made its first European tour with Cecilia Bartoli. Since 2017 they have been regular guests at both the Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festivals, where they have presented Handel's Ariodante and Alcina as well as Rossini’s La donna del lago over the past three years. The ensemble has also performed at the Konzerthaus Dortmund; the Concertgebouw Amsterdam; the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie; the Berlin, Paris, and Luxembourg Philharmonies; the Vienna Musikverein; and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Following the coronavirus interruption, Les Musiciens du Prince are resuming their concert activity in August of 2020 with the program “What Passion Cannot Music Raise.” In the fall they will present “Farinelli and His Time” at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Opéra Royal de Versailles, and the Palau de la Música in Barcelona. They will also give two semi-staged performances of Rossini's La cenerentola at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in November 2020. And in Monaco, on the occasion of the national holiday, they will give the premiere of the project “An Evening of Opera – from Baroque to Bel Canto” in the presence of the princely family. Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco are a resident ensemble of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 16 September 2018 in Rossinis La cenerentola under Gianluca Capuano.
Gianluca Capuano © Marco Borrelli
Gianluca Capuano, who was born in Milan in 1968, studied organ, composition, and conducting at the Conservatory of his native city and also completed a degree in philosophy at its university. Near the start he began specializing in early music and historically informed performance practice, and he has performed as a conductor, organist, and continuo player throughout Europe, the USA, Russia, and Japan. He has worked with such artists as Michael Chance, Emma Kirkby, Cecilia Bartoli, Max Emanuel Cencic, Philippe Jaroussky, Diego Fasolis, and Lorenzo and Vittorio Ghielmi. In 2006 Capuano founded the ensemble Il canto di Orfeo, with whom he has worked on the Baroque and Classical repertoire ever since. He has also performed this ensemble at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, where he introduced himself with Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart in 2013 and took part in a production of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in 2015. Together with Concerto Köln, he has recorded Leonardo Vinci’s Artaserse and has also presented the work at Cologne Opera. He has led Bellini’s Norma, with Cecilia Bartoli in the leading role, at the Edinburgh Festival, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and this collaboration continued in 2017 at the Salzburg Festival, where he conducted Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco in Handel’s Ariodante and Rossini’s La donna del lago. In the 2019/20 season, Capuano led Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Teatro Real in Madrid as well as Rossini's La cenerentola and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at Zurich Opera. In February 2021 he will make his debut at the Vienna Staatsoper conducting works by Donizetti and Rossini. Capuano is also artistic director of the “Musica negli horti” Festival, which takes place in Val d’Orcia every September.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 16 September 2018 conducting the Musiciens du Prince-Monaco in Rossini’s La cenerentola.
Jean-Marc Goujon © Edouard Brane
French flautist Jean-Marc Goujon, who completed his instrumental studies in Paris, has been a member of Jean-Christophe Spinosi’s Ensemble Matheus for over 15 years. He regularly performs with this group at the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and the Salle Gaveau in Paris; he has also toured to the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Potsdam, Bilbao, and Lisbon and has performed at many renowned early music festivals. The recording of Orlando furioso on which he appears with Philippe Jaroussky, Jennifer Larmore, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux won such distinctions as the Belgian Prix Caecilia, the BBC Music Award, and an appraisal as best recording of the year by the French Victoires de la Musique Awards. Jean-Marc Goujon is also active as an improviser and jazz musician. He teaches at the École Nationale de Musique in Brest in the Brittany region of France.