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Rolando Villazón celebrates Giuseppe Verdi.
Anyone considering opera always comes back to Giuseppe Verdi. And for anyone thinking of Verdi, Rolando Villazón immediately springs to mind. With his performances as Alfredo in La Traviata, the Duke in Rigoletto and the title role in Don Carlo, the tenor has glitteringly made his mark on recent interpretations of the operas by Giuseppe Verdi. So naturally, it goes without saying that Rolando Villazón is celebrating the great Italian opera maestro on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth in 2013.
“Verdi is a master of melody. He can express the feelings of his characters through the language of the orchestra in a manner like virtually no other composer. Verdi’s music combines the special qualities of bel canto and Verismo in a way unlike any other” says Villazón. The great tenor will be performing his very personal tribute to Giuseppe Verdi at the Salle Pleyel (22nd April 2013), at the Victoria Hall of Geneva (29th April 2013), at the Grand Théâtre d’Aix-en-Provence (2nd May 2013) and at the Halle aux Grains of Toulouse (24th June 2013), where he will be singing dramatic operatic arias from I Lombardi, I due Foscari, Oberto, Il corsaro, Un Ballo in Maschera as well as other selected arias and songs. A world-class anniversary serenade, also recorded on CD, is a major contribution to the Verdi anniversary year.
Watch Rolando Villazón in Willy Decker’s production for Don Carlo:
Les Grandes Voix : 2013-2014 season
Les Grandes Voix. More than ever. All gathered here: Jonas Kaufmann will be back for two lieder concerts around the music of Schubert and Mahler; la Netrebko, who we didn’t expect in Paris before 2015, will appear here in the great verist repertoire. Rolando Villazón, as Edita Gruberova, will stop in Mozartian lands, Bryn Terfel will play the Wagnerian heros, Patricia Petibon will meet up with her baroque New World… The season will present all the artists who are and who make Les Grandes Voix every year: Roberto Alagna, Juan Diego Flórez, Angela Gheorghiu, Andreas Scholl and Natalie Dessay.
The series will continue its exploration of concert versions of operas, in order to be as close as possible to singing, to the voice in its very substance. A way also to be as close as possible to drama, to reach the heart of Music. We will do it for sure, with Juan Diego Flórez and Daniela Barcellona in Donizetti’s La Favorite, with Roberto Alagna as Otello or with Marie-Nicole Lemieux as one of the most sparkling Rossini’s Italiana.
Les Grandes Voix loves Puccini but next to the great arias we regularly present, we have chosen to present a rare Puccini, Le Villi, which will be performed by the Orchestre National de France and the Choeur de Radio France along with ones of the most essential singers of the international lyric stage who will stand up for it, like the rising soprano Ermonela Jaho.
The beginning of autumn will feature Puccini, with an astonishing duet: the tenor José Cura will make a come back to the series along with Camilla Nylund, who will lend her voice to La Fanciulla del West.
We love both of them in opera casts, les Grandes Voix will applause them together in a composite recital mixing Russian romance and opera duets: the tenor Ramón Vargas and the bass Ildar Abdrazakov will have, for sure, stories to share. At last, as the Wagner year is coming to an end, two giants of the well-known Bayreuth festival will make a stopover in Paris: Gary Lehman and Anja Kampe will offer us large excerpts from Tristan.
Next to the not to be missed regular artist, the essential ones of the today stage, the Grandes Voix will go into a new generation of talents which will add spice to the current season.
On the instrumental side, we would like to take you to the new piano of the British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the violin of Ray Chen, worthy pupil of Vengerov, who will play the Kreutzer Sonata but here, to everybody!
Perhaps you remember the counter-tenor Valer Barna-Sabadus who contributed to a smoothly enthousiasm in Artaserse, here he will sing the Haendel repertoire, just like Sonya Yoncheva under the direction of Nathalie Stutzmann. The young and promising Sabine Devieilhe will lend her voice to the Rameau year. All things said, we would like to draw your attention on two young tenors who will turn out to be for sure great ones in the futur: Atalla Ayan and Thiago Arancam, to be continued…
125 years after the opening of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra celebrates what has become one of the world’s major classical scenes.
Lang Lang, Janine Jansen, Thomas Hamspon and of course, Mariss Jansons, music director of the orchestra, will join forces to perform an exciting programme made up of works by such various composers as Wagner, Zimmerman, Mahler, Prokofiev, Strauss, Tchaikovsky…
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg: Prelude to Act I
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: “Ging heut morgen übers Feld”
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: “Rheinlegendchen” and “Lob des hohen Verstandes”
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: 3. Allegro, ma non troppo
Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky
Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48: 3. Elegia
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Orchestral Suite from “Der Rosenkavalier”, Op. 59
Variations on “Komt vrienden in het ronden”
- Mariss Jansons conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – With Janine Jansen, Thomas Hampson and Lang Lang, gala concert for the Concertgebouw’s 125th anniversary, available live and free of charge on medici.tv;
- Visit the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra‘s official website;
- Visit the Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam‘s official website.
Two years after a performance in trio with Lars Vogt webcasted on medici.tv (click here to watch an excerpt), Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff play with violinist Elisabeth Kufferrath and violist Hanna Weinmeister for a programme dedicated to quartets by Bartók, Beethoven and Haydn, at the Louvre Auditorium.
A concert to be watched live and free of charge on medici.tv.
© Alexandra Vosding
Elisabeth Kufferrath, violin
Tanja Tetzlaff, cello
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Hanna Weinmeister, viola
Quartet n.4 Sz 91
Quartet in 1 minor opus 132
Quartet in C major Hob.III.32
This week on medici.tv, Roberto Alagna shines in two French operas: Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet.
These two operas were both premiered at the Théâtre-Lyrique in Paris, which produced the first performances of the major French operas in the late 19th century. It is in this theater that Gounod presented successful operas such as Faust (1859) and Mireille (1864). Bizet’s The Fair Maid of Perth was also performed there for the first time in 1866.
The opera The Pearl Fishers was premiered in 1863 where as Bizet was only 25, and reflects the fashionable orientalism which inspired many 19th century artists. Nadir is the young enlightened fisher who falls in love with the priestess Leïla, in spite of the promise he made to his friend Zurga that no woman could win over their friendship.
Premiered five years later, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet is a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s legendary tragedy, which also inspired numerous composers such as Hector Berlioz, Leonard Bernstein.
Roberto Alagna started his career singing popular songs in the Parisian cabarets, while practicing opera on his own. He met his idol Luciano Pavarotti and won the Pavarotti Competition in Philadelphia in 1988 and thus was invited to perform in prestigious opera houses. The French tenor reached the forefront of the international operatic scene in 1994, with Nicolas Joel’s staging of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, available now on medici.tv*.
The concert version of The Pearl Fishers, recorded at the Salle Pleyel on February, 17 2013 is also available for free during 2 months. It is an opportunity to hear the tenor in another characterization of the romantic man, who gives up his duty to serve his love passionately. He shares the stage with Bulgarian soprano Nino Machaidze, who gained recognition in her interpretation of Romeo and Juliet at the Salzburg Festival in 2008, opposite Rolando Villazón.
- Watch The Pearl Fishers with Roberto Alagna, Nino Machaidze and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris conducted by Giorgio Croci from the Salle Pleyel
- Watch Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, directed for stage by Nicolas Joel in Covent Garden in 1994, with Leontina Vaduva
- Follow Roberto Alagna from Buenos Aires to Versailles for his last show “Pasión” in 24 hours with Roberto Alagna
*Available in VOD or by subscription
Watch the New York Philharmonic in a Gala concert spotlighting contrasts and connections between Chinese and Western music. The webcast will be available on February 16!
This concert marks the orchestra’s second annual Chinese New Year celebration. Returning to the Philharmonic to lead the performance is Long Yu, artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic, music director of the Shanghai and Guanzhou Symphony Orchestras, artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival, and a key figure in the creation of the Philharmonic’s Orchestral Academy and performance residencies in Shanghai. The Snow Lotus Trio, a folk ensemble from the mountains of China, joins forces with the Philharmonic to showcase Chinese folk music traditions.
Returning to the Philharmonic to lead the performance is Long Yu, artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic, music director of the Shanghai and Guanzhou Symphony Orchestras, artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival, and a key figure in the creation of the Philharmonic’s Orchestral Academy and performance residencies in Shanghai. The Snow Lotus Trio, a folk ensemble from the mountains of China, join forces with the Philharmonic to showcase Chinese folk music traditions.
As last year, the concert will open with Spring Festival Overture, a traditional work to ring in the Lunar New Year, and soprano and Peking Opera star Yan Wang singing the Peking Opera classic The Drunken Concubine in makeup and costume. The program’s centerpiece is a pair of works, one Eastern and one Western: the U.S. Premiere of “Imitation of an Old Poem: Long Autumn Night” from The Song of the Earth by contemporary Chinese composer Ye Xiaogang juxtaposed with “Der Einsame im Herbst” from Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde which inspired Ye Xiaogang’s work. Both songs are based on poems of the Tang Dynasty by Li Bai and Wang Wei. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano performs “Der Einsame im Herbst,” soprano Ying Huang sings “Imitation of an Old Poem: Long Autumn Night,” and archeologist and television host Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu recites selected readings of the poems that inspired both works, including the English translation of “Long Autumn Night.” Comparing the two compositions, Maestro Long Yu explains, “Ye uses many Chinese percussion instruments in his piece. If Mahler’s version is an oil painting, Ye’s is an ink-and-wash.”
The webcast will conclude with a special encore performance of Sun Yi-Qian’s Spring Dance by pianist Lang Lang, which he performed in the inaugural Chinese New Year concert in January 2012.
- Watch this concert on medici.tv
Named instrumental soloist of the year at the 2012 Victoires de la musique classique, Alexandre Tharaud gathers with Les Violons du Roy, an ensemble he has recently recorded the Bach piano concertos with. Live from the Bourgie Hall in Montreal, they perform works by Bach and Mozart. A concert to be watched live and free of charge on medici.tc
Alexandre Tharaud in the Wallcast with medici.tv in July 2012 at the Verbier Festival
Les Violons du Roy
Bernard Labadie, conductor
Alexandre Tharaud, piano
W. A. Mozart
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201
Piano Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058
Symphony No. 8 in G minor
W. A. Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
Ce mois-ci, le Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord et medici.tv vous donnent accès à deux concerts exceptionnels avec le violoncelliste Steven Isserlis, la pianiste Vanessa Wagner et le baryton Georg Nigl.
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Bons concerts !
L’équipe de medici.tv
Steven Isserlis, violoncelle
Maestros and Friends
Connie Shih, piano
Arisa Fujita, violon
Béatrice Muthelet, alto
Camille Saint-Saëns, Trio n°2
Maurice Ravel, Sonate pour violon and violoncelle
Gabriel Fauré, Quatuor avec piano n° 2, op. 45
Vanessa Wagner, Piano
Georg Nigl, Baryton
Franz Schubert, La Belle Meunière
These are the 50 operas, concerts, ballets and documentaries you have watched the most during the year 2012. If you have not seen them all, it is still time! Click on the title to get more information.
- Yuja Wang performs Schubert, Schumann, Scriabin and Prokofiev / Verbier Festival 2010
- Evgeny Kissin plays Chopin / Verbier Festival 2009
- Khatia Buniatishvili plays Rachmaninov, Liszt and Chopin / With Neeme Järvi and the Verbier Festival Orchestra
- Yuja Wang and Claudio Abbado play Prokofiev and Mahler / Lucerne Festival 2009
- Alfred Brendel plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 / Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
- Vladimir Jurowski conducts Don Giovanni in Glyndebourne / Vladimir Jurowski, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Glyndebourne Chorus
- La Cenerentola / In Glyndebourne. Directed for stage by Peter Hall
- The finest Russian musicians gathered around Yuri Temirkanov and Anna Netrebko / 2003 St. Petersburg Gala, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the city
- Yuri Temirkanov and Yuja Wang in a Russian music programme / Verbier Festival 2011
- La Sonnambula / Opera by Vincenzo Bellini in 2 acts
- Werther / Opera in 4 Acts by Jules Massenet
- Aida / Opera by Verdi, with Daniela Dessì. Directed for stage by José Antonio Gutiérrez. Gran Teatre del Liceu, 2003
- Martha Argerich plays Schumann, Piano Concerto / Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly
- Claudio Abbado performs Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos / Orchestra Mozart
- Martha Argerich plays Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Classic Archive
- Cavalleria Rusticana – I Pagliacci / With Violeta Urmana and María Bayo. Directed for stage by Giancarlo del Monaco
- Lohengrin / With Klaus Florian Vogt and Solveig Kringelborn. Directed for stage Nikolaus Lehnhoff
- Claudio Abbado and Maurizio Pollini perform Beethoven Choral Fantasy / Berliner Philharmoniker
- Les Indes galantes / Les Arts Florissants, dir. William Christie
- Pelléas et Mélisande, at the Opéra national de Paris / With Stéphane Degout (Pelléas) and Elena Tsallagova (Mélisande). Philippe Jordan, Music director
- The Art of Chopin / A tribute to the art of Chopin
- Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Zurich Opera, Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo-soprano)
- Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Directed for stage by Katharina Wagner. 2008 Bayreuth Festival
- Martha Argerich plays the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto / Classic Archive
- Swan Lake / Choreography by Rudolf Nureev. With José Martinez and Agnès Letestu.
- Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen, “The Valkyrie” / Lothar Zagrosek, Staatsorchester Stuttgart
- Cinderella, by Nureyev / A ballet in three acts by Rudolf Nureyev, based on the novel by Charles Perrault. Music by Prokofiev
- Claudio Abbado and Maxim Vengerov, Gypsy / Silvesterkonzert 1996
- Claudio Abbado interprets Mozart Requiem / Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan Memorial Concert
- Claudio Abbado conducts Mahler: Symphony No. 5 / Lucerne Festival Orchestra
- L’Orfeo / Directed for stage by Robert Wilson. Conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini
- Claudio Abbado and Renée Fleming interpret Strauss and Wagner / Lucerne Festival Orchestra
- Perlman, Zukerman, Du Pré, Mehta, Barenboim rehearse and play The Trout / A film by Christopher Nupen
- Tristan und Isolde / Directed for stage by Christoph Marthaler. 2009 Bayreuth Festival
- Don Carlo / With Rolando Villazón and Marina Poplavskaya. Music director Antonio Pappano
- Anoushka Shankar: Traveller / Gypsy music from India to Spain
- The Fairy Queen / Semi-opera by Henry Purcell (1692). Directed for stage by Jonathan Kent. Music director: William Christie
- Glenn Gould plays Bach Partita No. 6 / Bruno Monsaingeon, film director
- Madama Butterfly / Japanese tragedy by Giacomo Puccini. Directed for stage by Robert Wilson
- Vladimir Jurowski and Hélène Grimaud perform Strauss and Ravel / Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Gulbenkian Choir
- Verdi: Il Trovatore / Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti
- Jacqueline Du Pré and the Elgar Cello Concerto / A film by Christopher Nupen
- Valery Gergiev conducts Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique” / Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. The complete Tchaikovsky symphonies
- Claudio Abbado conducts Mahler: Symphony No. 2 / Lucerne Festival Orchestra
- Khatia Buniatishvili plays Liszt, Chopin, Prokofiev and Stravinsky / Verbier Festival 2011
- Katia and Marielle Labèque play Bach with Il Giardino Armonico / Musikverein Wien
- La Bohème / Opera in 4 acts, Music by Giacomo Puccini and Libretto by Luigi Illica et Giuseppe Giacosa. With Inva Mula (Mimi)
- Viaggio a Reims / Staged by Alain Maratrat. Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Daniel Barenboim and Alisa Weilerstein perform Wagner, Elgar and Brahms / Europa Konzert 2010, Oxford
- Martha Argerich and Yuri Temirkanov perform Ravel, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich / Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra