The Conference: An Evening With IL TROVATORE
At his peak, around 1850, Verdi produced his three major popular successes, the famous trilogy which went on to mark the future of opera. Il Trovatore, the brilliant middle part, intensely explores the depths of the passions that drive the characters. A focus on unique songs and music…!
The Conference: An Evening With IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO
Vienna, 1792. Mozart still occupied everybody’s memories when Cimarosa imagined, for Emperor Leopold II, a plot full of comic twists and hilarious misunderstandings. When musical genius combines with the heritage of the Commedia dell’Arte, a joyous atmosphere is guaranteed!
The Conference: An Evening With TOSCA
Through the storminess of its terrible destiny, Tosca remains an overwhelming work whose musical style, whose songs so different from bel canto, and whose impassioned orchestra, an essential vector of the drama, signalled the radical transformation of Italian opera. It is Puccini at the summit of his art…
The Conference: An Evening With LE COMTE ORY
Performed for the first time in 1828 in Paris, Le Comte Ory is the unique comedy in French by Rossini. It draws part of its musical arrangement from Le Voyage à Reims (The Journey to Reims), composed three years earlier to celebrate the coronation of Charles X. The very freshness of magnificent bel canto is exploited with verve, displaying genius for breath-taking action!
The Conference: An Evening With FAUST
Faust is, along with Carmen, the most widely performed French opera in the world. The disastrous adventures of the old scholar obsessed with eternal youth, the tragic fate of Marguerite and the cunning of Mephistopheles offer us sumptuous music accompanied by profoundly endearing singing and rare theatrical balance, to make an enduring masterpiece!
The Conference: An Evening With AIDA
Aida is not only the work of a majestic march and the exoticism of hypothetical Theban trumpets, it is also a decisive piece of work in the dramatic journey of Verdi and the history of opera. It just has to be discovered (or rediscovered) through the language of the Maestro… Between bel canto and an immense musical fresco, it is an absolute masterpiece!
The Conference: An Evening With ANNA BOLENA
The English royalty was a great source of inspiration for the Romantics. Donizetti explores, through the intrigues of the court, the depths of human psychology, positioning his tragedies as archetypes. They still very much concern us today, as their subjects, enthused by sublime music, have withstood the test of time without being outdated.
The Conference: An Evening With LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
Several months before his death, for Prague Mozart wrote an opera seria, a genre that he had not broached since Idomeneo. Rarely performed and often castigated, the work includes some of Mozart’s finest inspirations and a sterling humanist message typical of the genius’s final years. All that remains is to sense its magnitude!
The Conference: An Evening With I PURITANI
Bellini took nine months, the same length as a pregnancy, to bring his last tragedy, I Puritani, into the world. He explores all the facets of romantic opera, including a prophetic scene of madness. Whilst bel canto still reigns supreme, it is used to highlight a frightful plunge into the depths that is unforgettable and superbly conducted!