Massenet, a must!

From salon to the stage

Concert Mélodie
Mastering the art of vocal composition was the ultimate goal of musical education in France: studies at the Paris Conservatoire were geared to achieving that final stage of theoretical knowledge, and candidates for the Prix de Rome were assessed on their ability to produce such a work, in the form of a cantata. The emphasis on vocal music may be explained by the high prestige in France of opera and opéra-comique, which in Jules Massenet’s time also extended to oratorio and the mélodie. Eager to explore areas other than the stage, his generation took to the concert hall and the salon with the same dedication and a desire to achieve nobility of style in every genre.


Sat 1 October 2022
Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice


Gabrielle Philiponet soprano
Marie Kalinine mezzo-soprano
Artavazd Sargsyan tenor
Philippe-Nicolas Martin baritone
Thomas Tacquet piano


Opera arias and mélodies for voice and piano by MASSENET
Complimentary drinks will follow the concert
Bru Zane Mediabase
Digital resources for French Romantic music
Jules Massenet