Symphony Concert 1

Les Arts Florissants | William Christie | Rolando Villazón | Martina Janková | Regula Mühlemann et al.


Tue, 16103

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

12.03.-20.03. 2016




    Symphony Concert 1

    Les Arts Florissants | William Christie | Rolando Villazón | Martina Janková | Regula Mühlemann et al.

    William Christie  conductor
    Rolando Villazón  Alessandro
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Il re pastore, K. 208. Serenata in two acts
    Concert performance in Italian | In cooperation with U-Live
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart composed a total of 22 stage works in his short life, but only the seven so-called “great” music dramas have really entered the operatic repertoire, from Idomeneo to Titus. What about the other 15? Are they really not good enough? That’s not at all the case, as William Christie and his fabulous ensemble Les Arts Florissants will prove with this performance of the pastoral-idyll Il re pastore. Mozart composed this serenata at the age of 19 as an homage to the Salzburg Prince-Archbishop Colloredo, whose counterpart on the stage is no less than Alexander the Great, sung here by the star tenor Rolando Villazón. The legendary commander has liberated the Phoenician city of Sidon and now wants to install the rightful king in his office. But the latter is the shepherd Aminta, who has no inkling of his origins and would much prefer to enjoy his private happiness with the shepherdess Elisa… Mozart treats this parable with ambiguous irony.

    Les Arts Florissants

    Les Arts Florissants was founded in 1979 as an ensemble of singers and instrumentalists dedicated to the performance of Baroque music, taking its name from an opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. From the beginning their Artistic Director has been the harpsichordist and conductor William Christie; since 2007 Christie has regularly passed the conductor’s baton over to the British tenor Paul Agnew. Les Arts Florissants has rediscovered many forgotten treasures from the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, bringing these back into the repertoire – including not only compositions from 17th-century France but also European music of the 17th and 18th centuries more generally. Since making its operatic debut with Lully’s Atys at the Opéra Comique in Paris in 1987, Les Arts Florissants has been especially dedicated to music theater. The ensemble has been artist-in-residence at the new Philharmonie in Paris since 2015. Les Arts Florissants is also performing regularly at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Château de Versailles, and the Festival d’Aix-en-Pro-vence and touring to New York, London, Edinburgh, Brussels, Vienna, Salzburg, and Madrid. Through the vocal academy Le Jardin des Voix, which was founded in 2002, and Arts Flo Juniors, a program begun in 2007, the ensemble is committed to fostering the next generation of highly talented musicians. The festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie has taken place annually since 2012. Nearly 100 CDs document the artistic work of Les Arts Florissants; since 2013 these have been released on their own Label: Les Editions Arts Florissants. The ensemble is subsidized by the French Minister for Culture and Communication. The American Friends of Les Arts Florissants support all its activities.

    on 27 August 1996 in works by Sigismondo d’India and Claudio Monteverdi conducted by William Christie.

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    William Christie

    The harpsichordist, conductor, and musicologist William Christie is a native of Buffalo, New York, and studied music at Harvard and Yale Universities. In 1971 he settled in France and began performing throughout Europe. The turning point in his career came in 1979, when he founded his own ensemble, Les Arts Florissants: with them Christie focuses in particular on the French Baroque repertoire from Charpentier to Rameau. Since his performance of Lully’s Atys at the Opéra Comique in Paris, he has frequently led staged productions, whether in Paris or at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence, where Christie has conducted operas by composers from Monteverdi to Mozart. Among his credits are various works by Handel and Rameau at the Glyndebourne Festival; Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Rameau’s Les Indes galantes, and Handel’s Orlando at Zurich Opera;  Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Vienna Festwochen. Christie has also collaborated numerous times with the Berlin Philharmonic. An important commitment for him is his educational work. In 1982 he became the first American to be named a professor at the Paris Conservatoire, where until 1995 he led the course in early music. In 2002 he created an academy for young singers called Le Jardin des Voix. And since 2007 he has given master classes twice a year as artist-in-residence at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. William Christie has recorded some 100 CDs, many of which have won awards. In 1995 he became a French citizen; he is a Commandeur in both the Légion d’Honneur and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has also been named a Grand Officier in the Ordre National du Mérite.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 27 August 1996 with Les Arts Florissants in works by Sigismondo d’India and Claudio Monteverdi.

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    Rolando Villazón

    Through his acclaimed performances with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world, Rolando Villazón, a native of Mexico, has established himself as one of the most sought-after tenors of our day. A special hallmark is his versatility: in addition to his onstage roles, he also maintains successful careers as a stage director, novelist, and TV personality. Rolando Villazón’s musical career began after he won several awards during the 1999 Plácido Domingo Operalia competition, including the Zarzuela Award and the Audience Award. In the same year he made his European debut as Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, as well as two other important debuts: as Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata at the Opéra National de Paris and as Macduff in Macbeth at the Berlin Staatsoper. Rolando Villazón is a regular guest on such stages as the Munich and Vienna Staatsoper companies, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as well as at the Salzburg Festival. He frequently collaborates with leading orchestras and conductors such as Daniel Barenboim and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on concert stages all over the world. Rolando Villazón made his directing debut in 2011 in Lyon and has since directed productions for the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Vienna Volksoper. An exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon since 2007, Rolando Villazón has recorded over 20 CDs and DVDs, which have received numerous prizes. He is also a Chévalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France (one of the highest distinctions conferred on artists by France, where he resides), acts as ambassador for the Red Noses Clown Doctors International charity, and is a member of the Collège de Pataphysique de Paris.

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    Martina Janková

    Martina Janková, a Swiss soprano with Czech roots, studied in Ostrava and Basel and began her professional career at Zurich Opera, where she was a member until 2012. While in Zurich, she worked with William Christie, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marc Minkowski, and Franz Welser-Möst, performing a broad repertoire ranging from Baroque opera to Pfitzner and Janáček. Martina Janková enjoys an excellent reputation as a Mozart performer in particular; she has appeared at the Salzburg Festival as Despina in Così fan tutte and as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Additional credits include appearances at the opera houses of Vienna, Milan, and Paris. As a concert singer, Martina Janková has performed with the Berlin, Munich, Israel, and Czech Philharmonics and with the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Cleveland Orchestras. She is also a soughtafter lied singer and regularly gives recitals.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 8 September 2001 in the Eighth Symphony by Gustav Mahler, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.

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    Regula Mühlemann

    The soprano Regula Mühlemann, who was born in 1986, comes from Adligenswil near Lucerne and studied at the Lucerne conservatory with Barbara Locher. She has additionally taken master classes with Margreet Honig, Klaus Mertens, Rudolf Piernay, Juliane Banse, and Marieke Spaans. Mühlemann’s first stage credits were with the Swiss Opera Studio in Bern and the Luzerner Theater. She became known to a wider public in 2011 when she took on the role of Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz in the film production
    Hunter’s Bride by Jens Neubert, which was conducted by Daniel Harding. Soon after she made her debut as
    Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at Zurich Opera and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the latter in a staging by Rolando Villazón. She has appeared at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and in 2012 she made her Salzburg Festival debut as Young Papagena in Peter von Winter’s Das Labyrinth. Other credits include Rossini’s Le Comte Ory at the Theater an der Wien, Serpetta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at the Staatsoper Berlin, and the Wood Bird in Wagner’s Siegfried at the Grand Théâtre  de Genève. The Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle engaged Mühlemann as Papagena for Die Zauberflöte at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in 2013; she has since performed the same role at the Opéra National de Paris, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam. In the summer of 2015 she sang Barbarina in Mozart’s Figaro in Baden-Baden; a CD of this production is being released in March 2016. Regula Mühlemann’s concert performances in the current season include work with Pablo Heras-Casado, Václav Luks, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Hans-
    Christoph Rademann, and Christian Zacharias.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 3 September 2013 in songs by Schubert, Debussy, Ravel, and Mendelssohn.

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    Angela Brower

    The mezzo-soprano Angela Brower comes from Phoenix, Arizona, where she began her vocal training at the State University before transferring to Indiana University and acquiring practical experience in the Young American Artists Program at Glimmerglass Opera. In 2008 Brower was engaged by the Young Ensemble at the Bavarian Staatsoper in Munich, winning the Munich Opera Festival Award in 2009 and becoming a permanent member of the company in 2010. Since then she has performed such roles at Munich Staatsoper as Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Rossini’s Cenerentola, Mozart’s Cherubino and Sesto, Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, and Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. In the 2015-16 season she is expanding her repertoire with appearances as Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma and Sœur Mathilde in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. Other credits include at San Francisco Opera, the New National Theatre in Tokyo, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, where she first sang the role of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier in 2013. In the fall of 2015 she made her debut as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Vienna Staatsoper, and in the summer of 2016 she will perform for the first time at the Salzburg Festival when she sings Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Brower took on the latter role on a complete recording of the opera conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She also appears as Cherubino on a new recording of Le nozze di Figaro with the same conductor, which is being released in March 2016. In the concert hall she has performed such works as Berg’s Seven Early Songs, Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer, and Ravel’s Shé-hérazade.

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    Emiliano Gonzalez Toro

    The son of Chilean parents, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro was born in Geneva, where his first musical experiences were singing in the children’s choir Les pueri de Genève. He later completed his degree in oboe in Geneva and Lausanne, attaining the first-prize level before he switched to voice and undertook training with Marga Liskutin, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, and Ruben Amoretti. From the beginning of his career, Baroque music has been a repertoire focus, and Gonzalez Toro has worked with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata, Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel, Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, and Raphaël Pichon and the Ensemble Pygmalion. He has appeared in Cavalli’s La Callisto at the Bavarian Staatsoper, Rameau’s Platée at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, and Verdi’s La traviata at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in the staging by Rolando Villazón. In the United States he has been seen in Félicien David’s opéracomique Lalla Roukh, which he performed in Washington, D.C., and New York. In the fall and winter of the 2015-16 season Emiliano Gonzalez Toro sang Eumene in Cavalli’s Xerse in performances with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d’Astrée in Lille, Vienna, and Caen; in February 2016 he appeared as the title hero in Leonardo Vinci’s Catone in Utica in Amsterdam under the direction of Andrea Marcon. Along with a variety of Baroque operas, his discography includes Monteverdi’s Vespers, Lully’s Grands Motets, works for organ and voice by C.sar Franck, and Bach’s B minor Mass. Gonzalez Toro additionally can be seen as Arnalta on a live DVD recording of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea under Emmanuelle Haïm from Lille.

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    18.30 | Introduction by Susanne Stähr | KKL Luzern, Auditorium