Marking Les Talens Lyriques's 25th anniversary, Christophe Rousset conducts three new productions
Marking Les Talens Lyriques' 25th anniversary, Christophe Rousset conducts three new productions across Europe in the first months of 2017. Following the modern premiere of Salieri's Les Horaces in Vienna earlier this season, Rousset returns to Theater an der Wien for a new production of Purcell's Fairy Queen directed by Mariame Clément from 19 January. Successful previous collaborations on Rameau's Platée and Castor & Pollux see Clément and Rousset reunite a second time this season in Strasbourg for Cavalli's Calisto in April. Prior to that, Rousset will conduct Mozart's Magic Flute for the first time in a new production by David Lescot. Their 25th anniversary celebrations continue in Holland with a revival of Pierre Audi's Monteverdi Madrigals in Amsterdam, which will tour to Brighton Festival as part of Les Talens Lyriques' multiple visits to the UK this year. The season culminates in Christophe Rousset's debut at London's Royal Opera House for Mozart's Mitridate in June.
Gianluca Marcianò announces the theme of Queens and Empresses of the Orient for the 2017 Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon
Artistic Director Gianluca Marcianò and President Myrna Bustani present the 2017 Al Bustan Festival programme on the theme of Queens and Empresses of the Orient, running from 15 February to 19 March in Lebanon.
The theme enables the festival to explore legendary matriarchal figures such as Cleopatra, the Queen of Sheba, Dalila, Aida, Medea, Zenobia, Scheherezade, Mary and Thais through many rarely-heard operatic, choral and symphonic works. In addition to Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Cherubini’s opera Medea, the programme includes some enticing extracts from almost-forgotten operas Queen of Sheba by the Hungarian composer Goldmarck and his French counterpart Gounod, as well as from Cléopâtre in versions by Berlioz and Massenet.
Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award winner Karina Canellakis returns to the UK to conduct the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Award-winning American conductor Karina Canellakis will take to the podium on 28 January 2017 to conduct the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of Saint-Saëns and Debussy at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. The performance, which marks the conductor’s debut with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, will be preceded by a free pre-concert talk at 6:30pm with Canellakis in conversation with journalist Edward Seckerson. Appearing alongside Canellakis is French pianist Cédric Tiberghien, who joins the Orchestra for the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5 in the all-French programme that also includes Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and La mer.
Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò launches the new Grange Park Opera at Horsley with Tosca
Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò opens the 2017 Grange Park Opera season in their brand new venue in Horsley conducting Puccini’s Tosca with Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja and Russian-Italian soprano Ekaterina Metlova. The opera company have moved to Surrey where they are currently building a brand new opera house.
Farinelli CD featuring Ann Hallenberg out now with exclusive anniversary sampler to mark Les Talens Lyriques’ 25th anniversary
Following their sell-out Farinelli concerts, Christophe Rousset and the Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenburg release their much-anticipated recording: Farinelli – A Portrait, out now on Aparté. The recording, made from a live radio broadcast in Norway, includes works by composers Broschi, J.C Bach, Giacomelli, Porpora, Hasse and Leo that were sung by the world’s most famous 18th century castrato. The success of the soundtrack to the film Farinelli (1994), which sold more than a million discs worldwide, firmly established Les Talens Lyriques on the international Baroque scene two decades ago. To mark the ensemble’s 25th anniversary, an exclusive sampler of 25 tracks accompanies the Farinelli disc, with music from Les Talens Lyriques’ rich collection of recordings. The Farinelli disc coincides with the release of the Handelian diptych Alcina/Tamerlano by Les Talens Lyriques and Rousset with Outhere.