Symphony Concert 31

Les Musiciens du Prince | Male choir of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo | Gianluca Capuano | Cecilia Bartoli et al.


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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 31

    Les Musiciens du Prince | Male choir of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo | Gianluca Capuano | Cecilia Bartoli et al.

    Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco  
    Men’s Choir of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo  
    Gianluca Capuano  conductor
    Claudia Blersch  staging
    Edgardo Rocha  Don Ramiro
    Alessandro Corbelli  Dandini
    Carlos Chausson  Don Magnifico
    Rosa Bove  Tisbe
    José Coca  Alidoro
    Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)
    La cenerentola
    Dramma giocoso in two acts
    Semi-staged performance

    “How wonderful!” remarked Cecilia Bartoli when she produced and sang in Rossini’s La cenerentola in Monte Carlo in February 2017. “I thought that was an evening of superlatives. We all wanted the same thing and were in absolute harmony – that’s the secret for a really good performance. Everyone brings their passion to it, but they also take incredible pleasure in doing so.” It was with Rossini that the mezzo-soprano began her professional life at the age of 19. For this return to the “patron” of her career, she even founded her own ensemble, Les Musiciens du Prince, with Prince Albert of Monaco as patron. And with this troupe she will now crown the 2018 Summer Festival and bring it to a fairy-tale close as Rossini’s Cinderella. “At the end of this evening of opera, Bartoli is still spinning about in her wedding dress as if intoxicated, lofting her coloratura notes effortlessly to the top of the house: a Cecilia surround-sound system,” reported Norddeutsche Rundfunk, adding: “It is a passionate, clever, world-class evening – an evening of shooting stars.”

    Gianluca Capuano

    Cecilia Bartoli

    Cecilia Bartoli, a native of Rome, was trained by her mother, Silvana Bazzoni. In 1987 she made her operatic debut, and in 1988, at the age of 22, she collaborated for the first time with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. From the start of her career she also worked with Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim. Bartoli has been preforming at the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls and at the major international festivals for more than twenty years. Early on she began collaborating with such early music ensembles as Les Arts Florissants, the Concentus Musicus Wien, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, La Scintilla, and I Barocchisti. The Baroque era, the operas of Mozart, and bel canto literature are focuses of her repertoire. She has moreover played an important role in the rediscovery of many works that had fallen into oblivion. With her 2014 album St. Petersburg, for example, she explored the history of Baroque opera composers at the Imperial Russian court. In 2012 Bartoli became the first woman to serve as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, which she continues to lead and where she has appeared in recent years in such roles as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Bellini’s Norma, and the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola; in 2016 she sang Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story. Bartoli’s recordings have sold over 10 million copies and have garnered five Grammy Awards, ten Echo Klassik Awards, and two Classical Brit Awards. She has been decorated with the highest distinctions in Italy and France. She received Denmark’s Léonie Sonning Prize in 2010, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize for her life’s work in 2012, and the Polar Music Prize in 2016.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1995 in a lieder recital, with György Fischer at the keyboard.

    August 2016

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    Edgardo Rocha

    Martina Janková

    The soprano Martina Janková was born in Orlová in the Czech Republic and studied in Ostrava, at the Music Academy in Basel, and at the International Opera Studio in Zurich. For a period of 14 years, from 1998 to 2012, she was a member of the Zurich Opera company, where she worked with such conductors as William Christie, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ingo Metzmacher, Marc Minkowski, and Franz Welser-Möst in a wide repertoire ranging from Baroque opera to Pfitzner and Janáček. Janková is an especially acclaimed interpreter of Mozart and has performed Susanna and Cherubino in Figaro, as well as Pamina, Despina, Ilia, and Servilia. In 2000 she made her Salzburg Festival debut in Cherubini’s Medée, and since then she has appeared in ten productions there, most recently as Despina in Così fan tutte (2013) and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (2015). Other credits include at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris (Marzelline in Beethoven’s Leonore), the Vienna Festwochen (Celia in Lucio Silla), the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea and other productions), and the styriarte festival (Purcell’s The Fairy Queen). In 2014 she sang the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, andin January 2016 she performed in Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo at La Scala in Milan. As a concert singer Janková hasperformed with such orchestras as theBerlin and Munich Philharmonics, the Israel Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées. She is in addition a sought-after lieder singer and has performed at the Prague Spring, in London and Zurich, at the Salzburg Festival, and at the Rheingau Musik Festival. Her most recent CD, released in the fall of 2015, is of Janáček’s Moravian Folksongs.

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

    February 2016

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