Concert Cecilia Bartoli

Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco | Gianluca Capuano | Cecilia Bartoli

Händel, Porpora, Hasse, Telemann, Vivaldi

Fri, 21.08. | 19.30 | No. 20640

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Life Is Live

14.08.-23.08. 2020




    Concert Cecilia Bartoli

    Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco | Gianluca Capuano | Cecilia Bartoli

    Gianluca Capuano  conductor
    Cecilia Bartoli  mezzo-soprano

    “What Passion Cannot Music Raise”

    George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
    Sinfonia from Rinaldo, HWV 7

    Nicola Porpora (1686–1768)
    “Vaghi amori, grazie amate.” Imeneo’s aria from La festa d’Imeneo
    “Lontan dal solo e caro … Lusingato dalla speme.” Aci’s aria from Polifemo

    George Frideric Handel
    “Entrée des songes funestes” (“Dance of the Bad Dreams”) from Ariodante, HWV 33
    “Lascia la spina cogli la rosa.” Piacere’s aria from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46

    Johann Adolph Hasse (1699–1783)
    Sinfonia from the Serenata Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra

    George Frideric Handel
    Sinfonia “Il Parnasso” from Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17
    “V’adoro, pupille.” Cleopatra’s aria from Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17

    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
    Concerto in D major for trumpet, strings, and basso continuo, TWV 51:D7

    George Frideric Handel
    “Mi deride l’amante … Desterò dall’empia dite.” Melissa’s recitative and aria from Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11

    Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
    Concerto in E minor for transverse flute, strings, and basso continuo, RV 432
    “Sol da te, mio dolce amore.” Ruggiero’s aria from Orlando furioso, RV 728

    George Frideric Handel
    “Suite di danze” from Ariodante, HWV 33
    “Augelletti, che cantate.”Almirena’s aria from Rinaldo, HWV 7
    “What Passion Cannot Music Raise and Quell” from Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76

    Cecilia Bartoli takes her first name from Saint Cecilia, who is venerated as the patron saint of music. And the title of her program, “What Passion Cannot Music Raise,” which she has designed for Lucerne’s “Life Is Live” Festival, also refers to Santa Cecilia, since it comes from an aria contained in Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day. In an interview with Bavarian Radio, Cecilia Bartoli described the passions that music can awaken in her as her “secret” and the recipe for success: “The most important ingredient is passion. What really gives us joy? Listening to music is certainly one of the sacred moments in life, and it is a time to do so together with others, not alone in front of the computer. Listening to music means sharing feelings, crying and laughing together. For me it is a kind of religion. Our soul needs the ecstatic moments that art gives us. We should cherish and nurture them.” As on this evening, when Cecilia Bartoli, together with the ensemble Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco, which she founded, and the conductor Gianluca Capuano, performs uplifting and inspiring works by Handel & Co.


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    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.

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    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 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.

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    Cecilia Bartoli

    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.

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