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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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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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.

    Men’s Choir of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo  
    Gianluca Capuano  conductor
    Edgardo Rocha  Don Ramiro
    Carlos Chausson  Don Magnifico
    Rosa Bove  Tisbe
    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.”

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    Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco

    The Baroque ensemble Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco was founded in the spring of 2016 on the initiative of Cecilia Bartoli at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and is supported by Prince Albert II and his sister Caroline Princess of Hanover. It brings together leading international musicians who are intimately familiar with the tradition of European court music from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Their repertoire ranges from music by such Baroque composers as Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel to the operas of Gioachino Rossini; another focus of the ensemble is on rarities and rediscovered works. Les Musiciens du Prince made their first European tour with Cecilia Bartoli in the year in which they were founded. They performed at the Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festivals in 2017, presenting Handel’s Ariodante and Rossini’s La donna del lago; in 2018 they again appeared in Salzburg with a concert featuring the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena, which was also recorded for CD release. They plan to tour with a Vivaldi program in the late fall of 2018 to Martigny, Luxembourg, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne, Dortmund, Hamburg, and Bremen. For this Lucerne performance of Rossini’s La cenerentola, the Musiciens du Prince are accompanied by the men of the Chœur de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo. The choir, which has been conducted by Stefano Visconti since 2007, not only participates in opera productions on the Monégasque stage but also performs the choral symphonic repertoire and works of sacred music. For example, the singers recently participated in concerts featuring Liszt’s A Faust Symphony, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli.

    July 2018

    Gianluca Capuano

    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 the University of Milan. He soon began specializing in early music and historically informed performance practice as a conductor, organist, and continuo player throughout Europe, the United States, 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. Capuano founded the ensemble Il canto di Orfeo in 2006, with which he has since worked on the Baroque and Classical repertoire. He has also performed with this formation at La Scala in Milan, where he introduced himself with Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart in 2013 and participated in a production of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in 2015. Together with the 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 2017-18 season, Gianluca Capuano was a guest artist at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and in Nantes, France, in Monteverdi’s Poppea. Other credits include Spontini’s Le metamorfosi di Pasquale at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Rossini’s La cenerentola at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto at Cologne Opera. Capuano is also artistic director of the “Musica negli horti” Festival, which takes place in Val d’Orcia eve-ry September.

    July 2018

    Claudia Blersch

    Claudia Blersch works as a director and organizer, especially at Zurich Opera. She studied political science and Italian in Milan and Konstanz before graduating in cultural studies from Zurich University of Art and Design. Since 2003 she has been creating her own stagings, including of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in Friedrichshafen, Telemann’s Pimpinone for the Zurich Festival, and the Nietzsche-Wagner collage Wahnfried in Zurich. At the last-named opera house, she has directed the world premieres of Anno Schreier’s music theater work Behind Masks, Telemann’s The Patient Socrates (with the International Opera Studio), and Jonathan Dove’s musical The Enchanted Pig. She has staged additional productions for Swiss Pocket Opera, Theater Rigiblick, and Bluebird Productions. Her video installations PEEPSHOW/Salome and SLOTMACHINE/Tosca received distinctions at the 2007 Festival of the Arts of the Zurich University of the Arts.

    July 2018

    Cecilia Bartoli

    Cecilia Bartoli, a native of Rome, was trained by her mother Silvana Bazzoni. She made her operatic debut in 1987 and, in 1988, at the age of 22, worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt on a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. At the very beginning of her career came encounters with Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, and Da-niel Barenboim as well. For the past thirty years, Cecilia Bartoli has been performing at the most renowned opera houses and concert halls, as well as at the major international festivals. She began working with leading symphony orchestras and early music ensembles early in her career, including 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, the work of Mozart, and bel canto are the focuses of her repertoire, and she has made a point of rediscovering many works that had fallen into oblivion. Since 2012 Bartoli has been artistic director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, where she has appeared in recent years as Bellini’s Norma, Rossini’s Cenerentola, Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Handel’s Ariodante, among others. In 2019 she performed the title role in Handel’s Alcina there, and in 2020 she will return as Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. 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, at the end of 2018, she released a Vivaldi album with the Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Among the many distinctions she has received 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.

    August 2019

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    Edgardo Rocha

    The tenor Edgardo Rocha is a native of Rivera, Uruguay. Having studied piano and orchestral conducting in Montevideo, he moved to Italy in 2008 and completed his vocal training with Salvatore Fisichella; he also took masterclasses with Rockwell Blake and Alessandro Corbelli. Rocha made his stage debut in 2010 in the title role of Donizetti’s Gianni di Parigi in Martina Franca. He was soon invited to the Vienna, Bavarian, and Saxon Staatsoper companies, the Opéra national de Paris, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, especially as a performer of the bel canto repertoire. He has performed at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival alongside Cecilia Bartoli in Rossini’s Otello, La donna del lago, and L’italiana in Algeri. In the 2018-19 season, he will appear in Rossini’s Semiramide at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, in L’italiana in Algeri at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and in Il turco in Italia at Zurich Opera.

    July 2018

    Alessandro Corbelli

    The baritone Alessandro Corbelli, who is a native of Turin, was trained by Giuseppe Valdengo and Claude Thiolas and made his stage debut in 1973. For 30 years he has been a regular guest at such leading theaters as La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London, the Opéra national de Paris, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Salzburg Festival. He is especially renowned for his portrayals of roles in the bel canto repertoire and for his Mozart interpretations, in which his comic talent also comes to the fore. In the 2017-18 season, he appeared as Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Chicago Lyric Opera, as Fra Melitone in Verdi’s La forza del destino at Dutch National Opera, and as Geronio in Rossini’s Il turco in Italia at the Bavarian Staatsoper. Corbelli has received many awards, including the Premio Abbiati of the Italian Association of Critics and the Rossini d’oro.

    July 2018

    Carlos Chausson

    The bass-baritone Carlos Chausson, who was born in Zaragoza, Spain, studied at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid and at the University of Michigan. Following his stage debut in 1976 as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Opera of Las Palmas, he was engaged by such leading international theaters as the Vienna, Munich, and Berlin Staatsoper companies; La Scala in Milan; Zurich Opera; San Francisco Opera; and the Metropolitan Opera. His signature roles include such buffo parts by Rossini as Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Don Magnifico (La cenerentola), and Taddeo (L’italiana in Algeri), as well as by Donizetti (Don Pasquale and Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore) and Mozart (Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte). Chausson has worked with Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with whom he performed Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte in Zurich, as well as Offenbach’s La belle Hélène.

    July 2018

    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.

    July 2018

    Rosa Bove

    The mezzo-soprano Rosa Bove studied with Carlo Tuand at the conservatory of her native Salerno and later with Virginio Profeta. Following initial engagements in Naples, Lecce, and Foggia, she made her debut in 2008 as Giannina in Spontini’s Li puntigli delle donne at the Festival Pergolesi Spontini in Iesi. Since then, she has also performed at the Schwetzingen Festival, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, and Garsington Opera. At the Salzburg Festival, she has appeared alongside Cecilia Bartoli in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride and Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri. Rosa Bove’s repertoire ranges from Baroque opera to 20th-century sacred music. She has worked with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, Laurence Cummings, Diego Fasolis, Christopher Hogwood, and Antonello Manacorda. She also sings on Claudio Abbado’s recording of Pergolesi’s Confitebor tibi Domine.

    July 2018

    José Coca Loza

    The bass José Coca Loza, who was born in 1989, is a native of Bolivia. He moved to Basel in 2012 to study with Marcel Boone at the Academy of Music there. In 2016 he became a member of the Opera Studio OperAvenir at Theater Basel, where he appeared in Handel’s Alcina, Dukas’s Ariane et Barbe-bleue, Verdi’s La traviata, and Strauss’s Elektra. Coca Loza has won prizes in the Quest for the Best (2011, in Tucson, Arizona), Oper Schloss Hallwyl (2014), and Migros Kulturprozent and Concorso Renata Tebaldi (both 2017) competitions. He has attended masterclasses since 2014 with Silvana Bazzoni, the mother and teacher of Cecilia Bartoli, who appeared with him for the first time at Stars & Rising Stars in Munich in 2017 and invited him to take on the role of Haly in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2018. He subsequently performed the same role at the Salzburg Summer Festival and at the Opéra de Versailles under Jean-Christophe Spinosi.

    July 2018