In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Palazzetto Bru Zane will kick off its new season with three events to mark ten years of rediscoveries: the release of a boxed set of ten CDs showcasing extracts from productions selected from the many highlights over ten years of activity; in Venice, a concert of chamber music and art songs with Véronique Gens and the I Giardini ensemble and, last but not least, a gala of orchestral music and opera in Paris during which artists under the baton of Hervé Niquet will perform a programme of French Romantic works.
The first themed cycle of the season, which begins in the autumn, will be devoted to Reynaldo Hahn. In order to fully exemplify this eclectic composer’s career and work, these events will turn the spotlight on musical comedy in September (Ô mon bel inconnu recorded in Avignon with Véronique Gens), art songs and chamber music in the autumn (in concert in Venice and on CD under the Bru Zane label), “Idylle polynésienne” in January (L’Île du rêve performed at the Prinzregententheater in Munich), and grand opera in March (La Carmélite in Toulouse with the Orchestre national du Capitole). In the spring, a cycle entitled “La révélation des compositrices”, partly centred around Mel Bonis, will allow audiences to check out the creative inventiveness of works by women composers who still languish outside the mainstream.
As every year, production activities expand our musical horizons in new directions. In keeping with the “Années folles” or Roaring Twenties of Reynaldo Hahn, the Palazzetto Bru Zane is continuing its collaboration with Les Brigands to stage a production of the operetta Yes ! by Maurice Yvain. A performance in Budapest of the uncut version of Phèdre by Lemoyne will illustrate the music of the Pre-Romantic period while a new programme of sacred music will pair Gounod’s Messe de Clovis with Fauré’s Requiem performed on period instruments. Three new “Bouffes de Bru Zane” productions will be staged at the Théâtre Marigny in a “pocket” format suitable for young and old alike: Le Docteur Miracle by Lecocq, a collection of café-concert songs performed by Rodolphe Briand and Vincent Leterme and, to finish, a double bill pairing Jacques Offenbach (Lischen et Fritzchen) with Frédéric Wachs (Un mari dans la serrure). Forty-five revivals, from Offenbach colorature to Isouard’s Cendrillon, will head off on tour.
The 8th Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris Festival will again be held at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in June and will enter a new partnership with the Louvre Auditorium for a series of chamber music concerts while, in spring 2020, the Salle Bourgie will host the second session of the Palazzetto Bru Zane Montréal Festival.
Bru Zane Classical Radio will allow listeners to keep tabs on the French Romantic repertoire 24/7 as well as enjoying live broadcasts of concerts, while the Bru Zane Mediabase, swelled by new articles and iconographic documents, will be acquiring an archive devoted to the composer, Mel Bonis. Wherever you live, don’t miss this celebratory season packed with surprises!
Dalla sua apertura al pubblico nel 2009, il Palazzetto Bru Zane ha sviluppato in modo sempre più esteso la sua missione di diffusione della musica romantica francese con particolare attenzione alla didattica: dal 2012 ha coinvolto 186 classi primarie provenienti da tutto il Veneto nel progetto Romantici in erba con l’obiettivo di avvicinare i più piccoli alla musica classica mediante un approccio ludico e divertente. A partire dal 2014 il progetto è stato proposto anche alle scuole dell’infanzia del comune di Venezia, adattando i contenuti all’età dei partecipanti.