L'Europe galante

L'Europe galante

Europe galante
08.08.2018 - 08.08.2018

Love adventures under the sun
Wednesday 08.08.2018 | 7:30 pm

Program
André Campra (1660-1744): L'Europe galante
concert performance of opera (1697)

Concert with a break.
Expected end of the concert at 9:45 pm.
 

Artists
Chantal Santon-Jeffery - soprano
Eugenia Lefebvre - soprano
Aaron Sheehan - tenor
Clément Debieuvre - tenor
Philippe-Nicolas Martin - Baritone
Douglas Williams - Bas Baryton
Lisandro Abadie - bass
Les Folies françoises - orchestra
Patrick Cohën-Akenine - concert master, musical production
Collegium Marianum - orchestra
Jana Semerádová - artistic leader
 

Annotation
On 24 October 1697, Marin Marais – one of the greatest viol players in history – raised his hands to conduct the first performance of André Campra’s opera L’Europe galante at the Paris Opera. It was the first work of the specific French genre opéra-ballet and it was soon admired and imitated all over Baroque Europe. In L’Europe galante, Campra created a masterful musical caricature of the flighty French, the sentimental Spaniards, the jealous Italians and temperamental Turks. He also produced a brilliant synthesis of French and Italian music.
In the same way, the French ensemble Les Folies françoises with its concertmaster Patrick Cohën-Akenine will combine their forces with the Prague Collegium Marianum and its artistic director Jana Semerádová, in order to remind the current Europe how ungallant it has become and how dance and love still have the power to connect. The solo parts will be sung by eminent vocalists from France, the USA and Argentina, including sopranos Chantal Santon-Jeffery and Eugenie Lefebvre, tenor Aaron Sheehan and bas-baritones Douglas Williams and Lisandro Abadie.
 

Content
L’Europe galante consists of four “entrées” (or scenes): the plot opens with a pastorale set in “La France” and followed by comical scenes from “L’Espagne” and “L’Italie”, and closes with an exotic entrée located in “La Turquie”, featuring a group of oriental characters. The whole opera is preceded by a prologue which takes place in the smithy of gods where Amor’s arrows are just being forged. The goddess of love, Venus, swears to the allegory of Discord that she will show her and the whole world how powerful love is and how triumphant in various cultures and countries.
 

The fickle and coquettish French are then shown as arguing about matters of love in the charming surroundings of the French countryside, while the faithful and romantic Spaniards sing charming serenades below the balconies of their chosen ones. The jealous, artful and spontaneous Italians act out their dangerous love stories in a splendid dance hall. In Turkey, Campra set the amorous adventure in the environment of sultan’s serial where beautiful ladies compete for the attentions of their generous master. At the close of the opera, La Discorde has to capitulate and hand it to Venus that her power over people’s fates and sentiments is without a limit.

Venue
Rudolfinum
Dvorak Hall
Jan Palach Square 79/1, Prague 1 - Old Town, 110 00
 

Partners of the concert
In cooperation with the Center de musique baroque de Versailles and courtesy of the French Institute.

Love adventures under the sun
Wednesday 08.08.2018 | 7:30 pm

Program
André Campra (1660-1744): L'Europe galante
concert performance of opera (1697)

Concert with a break.
Expected end of the concert at 9:45 pm.
 

Artists
Chantal Santon-Jeffery - soprano
Eugenia Lefebvre - soprano
Aaron Sheehan - tenor
Clément Debieuvre - tenor
Philippe-Nicolas Martin - Baritone
Douglas Williams - Bas Baryton
Lisandro Abadie - bass
Les Folies françoises - orchestra
Patrick Cohën-Akenine - concert master, musical production
Collegium Marianum - orchestra
Jana Semerádová - artistic leader
 

Annotation
On 24 October 1697, Marin Marais – one of the greatest viol players in history – raised his hands to conduct the first performance of André Campra’s opera L’Europe galante at the Paris Opera. It was the first work of the specific French genre opéra-ballet and it was soon admired and imitated all over Baroque Europe. In L’Europe galante, Campra created a masterful musical caricature of the flighty French, the sentimental Spaniards, the jealous Italians and temperamental Turks. He also produced a brilliant synthesis of French and Italian music.
In the same way, the French ensemble Les Folies françoises with its concertmaster Patrick Cohën-Akenine will combine their forces with the Prague Collegium Marianum and its artistic director Jana Semerádová, in order to remind the current Europe how ungallant it has become and how dance and love still have the power to connect. The solo parts will be sung by eminent vocalists from France, the USA and Argentina, including sopranos Chantal Santon-Jeffery and Eugenie Lefebvre, tenor Aaron Sheehan and bas-baritones Douglas Williams and Lisandro Abadie.
 

Content
L’Europe galante consists of four “entrées” (or scenes): the plot opens with a pastorale set in “La France” and followed by comical scenes from “L’Espagne” and “L’Italie”, and closes with an exotic entrée located in “La Turquie”, featuring a group of oriental characters. The whole opera is preceded by a prologue which takes place in the smithy of gods where Amor’s arrows are just being forged. The goddess of love, Venus, swears to the allegory of Discord that she will show her and the whole world how powerful love is and how triumphant in various cultures and countries.
 

The fickle and coquettish French are then shown as arguing about matters of love in the charming surroundings of the French countryside, while the faithful and romantic Spaniards sing charming serenades below the balconies of their chosen ones. The jealous, artful and spontaneous Italians act out their dangerous love stories in a splendid dance hall. In Turkey, Campra set the amorous adventure in the environment of sultan’s serial where beautiful ladies compete for the attentions of their generous master. At the close of the opera, La Discorde has to capitulate and hand it to Venus that her power over people’s fates and sentiments is without a limit.

Venue
Rudolfinum
Dvorak Hall
Jan Palach Square 79/1, Prague 1 - Old Town, 110 00
 

Partners of the concert
In cooperation with the Center de musique baroque de Versailles and courtesy of the French Institute.

Veranstaltungsort

Location of the event

50.0895273, 14.4153149

Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
náměstí Jana Palacha 79/1
110 00
Praha 1 - Staré Město
Czech Republic

Veranstalterdaten

Organizer

Collegium Marianum 
- Týnská škola, s.r.o.
Vodičkova 700/32, Praha 1
+420 731 448 346
+420 224 229 462
 

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