Cycle
The sound of the Empire

Victoires!

Operatic revolutions under Napoleon I
Concert
Like Louis XIV, Napoleon understood how useful art could be to promote his image and ideology. Opera was one of the cogs in his shrewd policy. His determination materialized thanks to an army of composers grouped together in the Conservatoire, which had opened in 1795, including Catel, Le Sueur and Méhul. His conquest of Italy also led to his discovery of Paisiello, and this decisive encounter opened the doors of the Paris Opera to composers such as Spontini and Cherubini, who would invent the monumental Romanticism that Wagner and Verdi would later feed on. The programme presented by Judith van Wanroij and the Quatuor Cambini-Paris aims to illustrate the ebullience of this laboratory for opera composition.

Dates

Sun 18 July 2021
16.00
Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, Soissons
Sat 24 July 2021
20.30
Opéra de Limoges, Limoges
Sat 25 September 2021
19.30
Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice

Performers

Judith van Wanroij soprano
QUATUOR CAMBINI-PARIS

Programme

Arias from operas by Cherubini, Méhul, Gluck, Jadin, Fontenelle, Spontini etc., transcribed for voice and string quartet
Production Bru Zane France
Transcriptions by Alexandre Dratwicki
Published by the Palazzetto Bru Zane