Symphony Concert 15 – Monteverdi

English Baroque Soloists | Monteverdi Choir | Sir John Eliot Gardiner | soloists

Monteverdi

Sat, 26.08.18.30No. 17328

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    26.

    Aug

    Saturday
    18.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 15 – Monteverdi

    English Baroque Soloists | Monteverdi Choir | Sir John Eliot Gardiner | soloists

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner  conductor and staging
    Elsa Rooke  staging
    Hana Blažiková  Poppea, Fortuna
    Lucile Richardot  Arnalta, Venere
    Silvia Frigato  Amore and Valletto
    Anna Dennis  Drusilla, Virtù, Pallade
    John Taylor Ward  Mercurio, Littore
    and additional soloists  
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
    L’incoronazione di Poppea. Opera in a prologue and three acts

    “Claudio Monteverdi is for me the musical equivalent of William Shakespeare,” according to Sir John Eliot Gardiner. “He is the first composer in the history of Western music that was able to assimilate and encapsulate the whole range of human feelings and emotions in music: from the noblest and most godlike figures to the most proletarian, the most lowlife.” And the last of the three surviving Monteverdi operas, L’incoronazione di Poppea, which was premiered in 1643 in Venice, in particular explores psychological depths – and at the same time remains a work that is sharply relevant today. “Poppea is based on human and political ambition, sexual desire, envy, and jealousy. Nobody had done anything like this before in musical terms,” says Gardiner. And it is Monteverdi’s passionate, sensual, comic, and dramatic setting that makes this political drama about the Roman Emperor Nero and his beloved Poppea such an incomparable experience. 

    English Baroque Soloists

    The English Baroque Soloists, a chamber orchestra founded in 1978 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, ranks among the most renowned ensembles of the historically informed performance practice movement. The musicians have given concerts throughout Europe, America, Asia, and Australia; they have played at La Scala in Milan, the amphitheater in Pompeii, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Châtelet in Paris, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. In the 1990s Sir John Eliot Gardiner recorded the seven “great" Mozart operas with the ensemble, as well as the complete piano concertos and the composer’s mature symphonies; these recordings have garnered numerous awards. The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, a project that Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists undertook to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in 2000, was also received with considerable acclaim. This entailed a pilgrimage with performances of all 198 Bach cantatas in more than 60 European churches. In recent years the music of the Leipzig master has remained at the center of the orchestra’s work. The ensemble has undertaken concert tours of the B minor Mass (2015) and the St. Matthew Passion (2016), which have been released as live CD recordings. For Christmas in 2016 they gave performances of the Magnificat, the Lutheran Mass in F major, and the cantata Süsser Trost in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Versailles, and London. The English Baroque Soloists are also active as an opera orchestra. In 2015 they performed Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House in London, and throughout 2017 they are devoting themselves to the three Monteverdi opera. The English Baroque Soloists are under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales.

    Debut bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) am 2. September 1994 mit Mozarts Thamos, König in Ägypten und der c-Moll-Messe.

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    Monteverdi Choir

    The Monteverdi Choir was founded in 1964 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to perform the Vespers composed by its namesake at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge. Originally the goal of the Choir was to explore the music of the Baroque in all of its facets, but its repertoire has long since spanned across eras, genres, and styles. The Monteverdi Choir has become a byword for passionate and highly cultivated choral singing through its performances all around the world. Its members in addition regularly undertake the solo parts in performances. The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage of 2000 must be regarded as the most spectacular project in the Monteverdi Choir’s history. This project honored the Leipzig cantor on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his death with performances of all his extant cantatas in more than 60 European churches; the live recordings of these concerts, which were released on CD, garnered numerous prizes, including the Gramophone Award. The Monteverdi Choir regularly takes part in opera productions, as, for example, Weber’s Le Freyschütz (in the Berlioz version), Chabrier’s L’Étoile, and Bizet’s Carmen at the Opéra-Comique in Paris and Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House in London. In December 2015 the singers performed in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and in the fall of 2016 they sang in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The entire year of 2017 is devoted to their next Monteverdi project: to mark the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the Choir is undertaking a seven-month tour performing the three operas L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and L’incoronazione di Poppea, which will also be presented in Venice, Salzburg, Berlin, Paris, Chicago, and New York. The Monteverdi Choir’s patron is the Prince of Wales.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1994 in Mozart’s Thamos, König in Ägypten and C minor Mass.

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    Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner was born in 1943 in County Dorset. He initially studied history and Arab studies before completing his musical training at Cambridge University, as well as with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He founded the Monteverdi Choir in 1964 and, in 1968, the Monteverdi Orchestra, from which he later formed the English Baroque Soloists. In 1989 Gardiner launched the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, which similarly performs on original instruments but is predominantly dedicated to music of the 19th century. He has moreover collaborated with many leading orchestras. In the 2016-17 season, for example, he was a guest artist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra; in June 2016, following a ten-year hiatus, he returned to the Berlin Philharmonic. As an opera conductor, Gardiner has led many productions at the Châtelet in Paris and at Covent Garden in London; for the Monteverdi trilogy he is performing in nine countries in 2017, he is also appearing as a director. Since 2014 he has served as Chairman of the Board of the Bach Archive in Leipzig. In the 2014-15 season he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. Sir John Eliot Gardiner has recorded more than 250 CDs, which have received such distinctions as the Gramophone Award, the German Record Critics’ Prize, and the ECHO Klassik. His book Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven (2013) won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014 and was published in German translation in the fall of 2016. In 1998 John Eliot Gardiner was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2005 he received the Bach Medal of the City of Leipzig and the Sonning Music Prize. Gardiner is a Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chévalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1994 with Mozart’s Thamos, König in Ägypten and the Mass in C minor.

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    Elsa Rooke

    A native of Paris, the director Elsa Rooke studied literature and music at the Sorbonne and was trained as an acting coach by Alain Garichot at the École de l’Opéra de Paris. In this capacity she has taught numerous young singers, including those in William Christie’s “Jardin des Voix,” as well as those at the music academies of Lausanne and Geneva, and especially at the École de la comédie de St. Étienne. She has worked closely with Adrian Noble, the long-standing director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, whose productions she has staged in performances in cities from New York to Moscow. Rooke has staged productions of her own for the opera companies in Lausanne, Bordeaux, Lyon, Geneva, and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, including Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Rossini’s La cenerentola, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. Elsa Rooke is also a librettist and translator and has published novellas.

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    Hana Blažiková

    The Czech soprano Hana Blažiková, who was born in 1980, studied musicology at Charles University in her native Prague and voice with Jiří Kotouč at the city’s Conservatory. She has taken master classes with such figures as Peter Kooij and Howard Crook. Hana Blažiková specializes in music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque. She works with such ensembles as Philippe Herreweghe’s Collegium Vocale Gent, Masaaki Suzuki’s Bach Collegium Japan, Ton Koopman’s Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Christina Pluhar’s L’Arpeggiata, and Václav Luks’ Collegium 1704. Credits include performances at the Edinburgh Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Regensburg Early Music Festival, the Resonanzen Festival in Vienna, and the Leipzig Bach Festival. Over 30 CDs document her artistry. Hana Blažiková also plays the Gothic harp, on which she accompanies herself. She is also a member of the Tiburtina Ensemble, which specializes in Gregorian chant.

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    Kangmin Justin Kim

    The countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim was born in South Korea but grew up in Chicago. He studied at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and the Royal Academy of Music in London and took master classes with such figures as Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Quasthoff, and Masaaki Suzuki. Having won many competitions, he began his international career in the 2014-15 season in Paris, where he appeared under the direction of Marc Minkowski as Prinz Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and as Oreste in Offenbach’s La belle Hélène. Since then he has also performed at the Schwetzingen Festival and the styriarte in Graz, as well as at various French and German opera companies. In the 2016-17 season, Kangmin Justin Kim has appeared in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica at Cologne Opera and in Handel’s Parnasso in festa at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw; in 2018 he will make his Glyndebourne Festival debut in Handel’s Giulio Cesare (conductor: William Christie).

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    Carlo Vistoli

    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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    Gianluca Buratto

    A native of Lombardy, the bass Gianluca Buratto initially studied clarinet and saxophone before he decided to commence his vocal training with Margaret Hayward at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan. As an opera singer, he has performed under Riccardo Muti at La Scala in Milan and at the Salzburg Festival. He has taken part in productions of Puccini’s La bohème in Valencia under Riccardo Chailly, Mozart’s Figaro with Christophe Rousset conducting, and Verdi’s Rigoletto led by Fabio Luisi. It was as a Handel performer that Buratto appeared at the Theater an der Wien, and he has sung Monteverdi during a tour of the United States under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. On the concert stage Gianluca Buratto has performed in Bach’s B minor Mass with Jordi Savall, the St. John Passion with Eduardo López-Banzo, and Mozart’s La Betulia liberata with Riccardo Muti.

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    Lucile Richardot

    The French mezzo-soprano Lucille Richardot worked as a journalist until she was 27. She earned her musical diploma in 2008 with the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame and also earned a degree in early music at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris in 2011. She founded her own ensemble, Tictactus, in 2012, but she additionally performs with such other groups as the Solistes XXI and Rachid Safir, Correspondances and Sébastien Daucé, Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon, Le Poème Harmonique and Vincent Dumestre, and Les Arts Florissants. Lucille Richardot also performs contemporary music. She took part in the world premiere of Philippe Boesmans’ opera Yvonne at the Opéra Garnier in Paris and appeared at the Festival d’Automne with the Ensemble intercontemporain in Nono’s Omaggio a Kurtág. In the spring of 2017, she performed  with Collegium 1704 and Václav Luks in Vivaldi’s Arsilda in Bratislava, Lille, Caen, Luxembourg, and Versailles.

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    Michał Czerniawski

    The Polish countertenor Michal Czerniawski began his musical education as a choirboy with the Szczecin “Nightingales” Boys Choir. He subsequently pursued his vocal studies at the Music Academy of Gdansk and the Guildhall School in London. As a graduate of the “Jardin des Voix,” he has worked with William Christie; other credits include performances with Masaaki Suzuki’s Bach Collegium Japan and with Mark Padre at the Aldeburgh Festival. Czerniawski has sung Corrindo in Cesti’s L’Orontea at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Demetrio in Handel’s Berenice at the Göttingen Handel Festival and the London Handel Festival, and in Handel’s Deborah at the Handel Festival in Halle. He has taken part in additional productions with the English Touring Opera. Michal Czerniawski’s concert repertoire includes such works as Handel’s Messiah and Solomon, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Scarlatti’s Il primo omicidio.

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    Silvia Frigato

    The Italian Soprano Silvia Frigato studied voice and piano at the Adria Conservatory in Modena and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. She specialized in early music, taking courses with Roberta Invernizzi, Sara Mingardo, and Lorenzo Ghielmi. After winning the Concorso di canto barocco Francesco Provençal Competition in 2007, she worked with such conducers as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Ottavio Dantone, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herrweghe, and Sigiswald Kuijken. Silvia Frigato has performed the title role in Caccini’s L’Euridice at the Innsbrucker Festwochen and sang in Monteverdi’s Poppea at La Scala in Milan. Other credits include Gluck’s Orfeo and Debussy’s Pelléas at the Maggio Musicale in Florence (with Daniele Gatti conducting) and Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis at the Salzburg Festival, under the direction of Václav Luks. She appeared at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 2016 as Martinů’s Mirandolina.

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    Anna Dennis

    The English soprano Anna Dennis studied with Noelle Barker at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and dem BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms and works with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Among Anna Dennis’ operatic credits are performances at the Gluck Festival in Nuremberg, the Göttingen Handel Festival, English National Opera, and Opera North in Leeds. In addition to the Baroque repertoire, she performs contemporary music. She has appeared in such works as Thomas Adès’ Life Story together with the composer at Lincoln Center in New York and in Edward Rushton’s The Shops at the Bregenz Festival; she was part of the ensemble in Francisco Coll’s Café Kafka at the Royal Opera House in London and sang in Yannis Kyriakides’ An Ocean of Rain at the Aldeburgh Festival.

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    John Taylor Ward

    The bass John Taylor Ward was born in 1986 in North Carolina. He gave his first performances as a boy soloist before studying voice at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and completing his education with graduate studies in early music and art song at the Yale School of Music. John Taylor Ward has sung Manoah in Handel’s Samson under Nicholas McGegan at Lincoln Center in New York; he has also performed in Heinrich Schütz’ Fili mi, Absalon and in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Songs for a Mad King under the composer’s baton at Carnegie Hall. Peter Sellars directed him in Kaija Saariaho’s Passion de Simone and William Christie invited him to participate in his “Jardin des Voix.” John Taylor Ward has also worked with Masaaki Suzuki’s Bach Collegium Japan, the Collegium Vocale Gent, and the ensembles L’Arpeggiata and Roomful of Teeth. He has appeared at the Ravinia Festival and at the Boston Early Music Festival. 

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    17:30 | Introduction to the Concert with Susanne Stähr | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    (in German)