Philippe Jaroussky

Born in 1978, Philippe Jaroussky has established himself as the most admired countertenor of his generation, as confirmed by the French ‘Victoires de la Musique’ awards (‘Revelation Artiste Lyrique’ in 2004, ‘Artiste lyrique de l’année’ in 2007 and in 2010, CD of the Year 2009) and multiple Echo Klassik Awards in Germany (2005, 2008, 2011-2012 and 2015).

Jaroussky’s technique allows him the most audacious nuances and impressive pyrotechnics. He has explored a vast Baroque repertoire, from the refinement of the Italian Seicento with Monteverdi, Sances and Rossi, to the staggering brilliance of Handel and Vivaldi arias (singing more music by the latter composer than any other over the last few years). He has worked with renowned period-instrument orchestras such as L’Arpeggiata, Les Arts florissants, Ensemble Matheus, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert d’Astrée, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie and Europa Galante with conductors including Christina Pluhar, William Christie, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Marc Minkowski, René Jacobs, Jérémie Rhorer, Emmanuelle Haïm, Jean-Claude Malgoire and Fabio Biondi. With pianist Jerôme Ducros, he has looked beyond the Baroque – to fin-de-siècle French song (the album Opium), as well as premiering contemporary vocal music composed for him by Marc-André Dalbavie (Sonnets de Louise Labé, which Jaroussky sang most recently at the 2014 Salzburg Festival).

He has been praised for performances in all the most prestigious concert halls in France (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra de Nancy, Arsenal de Metz, Théâtre de Caen) and abroad (The Barbican Centre and Southbank Cente in London, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Staatsoper and Philharmonie in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York).

Philippe Jaroussky is signed exclusively to Erato and has received numerous awards for his recordings with the label. With Heroes (Vivaldi opera arias) and La Dolce Fiamma he achieved Gold disc status; his tribute to Carestini (with le Concert d’Astrée and Emmanuelle Haim) won CD of the year at the Victoires de la Musique and the Midem Classical Awards in 2009; his Stabat Mater with soprano Julia Lezhneva and I Barocchisti picked up the 2014 International Classical Music Awards for best Baroque Vocal Album and Best Opera Album. Of the 2013 release Farinelli: Porpora Arias, Gramophone wrote: “Jaroussky’s rapid passagework in quick heroic arias is precise…but the outstanding moments are slow arias that could have been tailor-made for Jaroussky’s sweetly graceful melodic singing”.

In recent years he has collaborated with singers including Cecilia Bartoli and Nathalie Stutzmann, as well as singing with and directing the Ensemble Artaserse, the Baroque orchestra he founded in 2002. The group takes its name from the Vinci opera Artaserse, which Jaroussky revived in its spectacular modern-day permiere as one of five exceptional countertenors in the cast.

Ensemble Artaserse

In 2002, after long collaboration in the most prestigious baroque ensembles in France and Europe, several musicians decided to form the Ensemble Artaserse. Those friends were Christine Plubeau (viola da gamba), Claire Antonini (theorbe), Yoko Nakamura (harpsichord and organ) and, of course, Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor). They gave in october 2002 a first and highly-acclaimed concert in the Theatre du Palais-Royal in Paris, with the Musiche a voce sola by the Italian composer Benedetto Ferrari. This music was immediately recorded and released by the French label Ambroisie, receiving then very prestigious awards (Diapason-decouverte by the magazine Diapason, 10 de Classica-Repertoire, Timbre de diamant by the magazine Opera International etc.).

With this ability to adapt to numerous repertoires including music by Antonio Vivaldi, George Friedric Handel, Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Cavalli, the ensemble performed progressively in the most famous venues and festivals in France, such as the Festivals of Ambronay, Sablé, Pontoise, Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache, Festival de Musique Ancienne de Lyon, Salle Gaveau, the Auditorium du Louvre and the Théatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Château de Versailles, the Bordeaux Opera, the Nancy Opera etc.

Abroad, Ensemble Artaserse have been invited to perform in the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, in the Escurial in Madrid, the Palau de la Musica in Valencia or the Festival of Santiago de Compostelles (Spain), the Festival of the Azores (Portugal), the Prague Festival of ancien music, the South Bank Center and the Barbican Center in London, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Berliner Philharmonie, Prinzregententheater in Munich, and the Philharmonie Hall in Krakow (Poland)etc.

The ensemble’s discography includes Benedetto Ferrari’s Musiche a voce sola (Ambroisie-Naïve) and two very acclaimed albums for Virgin Classics: Virtuoso cantatas by Vivaldi and “Beata Vergine” with 17th century Italian music devoted to the Virgin Mary (Timbre de Platine of Opera International etc).

In 2010/2011, Ensemble Artaserse made their debuts at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees with Philippe Jaroussky and Andreas Scholl. They have performed also in Barbican of London and in Bozar in Brussels. A very important tour took place in June 2010 (Stockholm in Sweden, the Festivals of Haut-Jura, Saint-Michel, Angers, Froville and Nantes). In July 2011, the ensemble had a tour in Germany with Philippe Jaroussky for the first time.

In autumn 2014, Philippe Jaroussky was on tour with ensemble Artaserse because of the release of his new CD devoted to Vivaldi Motets. For the first time, Philippe Jaroussky and Artaserse were in South America (Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima, and Mexico). They also performed in Europe in Paris, Lyon, Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, London, and Berlin.

Highlights of last season were the tour “Idolo Mio” in June 2017, in which the ensemble, together with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, devoted themselves to secular vocal music of Monteverdi, as well as the tour with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and a Handel program.

In the season 2018/2019, Ensemble Artaserse tours again with Philippe Jaroussky and a program including Cavalli and Monteverdi across Europe. In Germany, they will perform with this program in Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich, Essen, Rheingau, Neumarkt and Bad Kissingen.

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»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Vaclav Luks (Ballsaal, Stadthalle)

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Venetian Lieder: Nuria Rial, Avi Avital & Venice Baroque Orchestra

Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Nuria Rial and Avi Avital (Ballsaal, Stadthalle)

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Venice Baroque

Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the very finest period instrument ensembles. The orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China, and has appeared in many more cities across the United States than any other Baroque orchestra in history.

Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, under Mr. Marcon’s leadership VBO has given the modern-day premieres of Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione, Vivaldi’s Atenaide, Andromeda liberata, Benedetto Marcello’s La morte d’Adone and Il trionfo della poesia e della musica, and Boccherini’s La Clementina. With Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Orchestra has staged Cimarosa’s LOlimpiade, Handel’s Siroe, and Galuppi’s L’Olimpiade, and reprised Siroe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in its first full staging in the United States. The orchestra has been seen worldwide through several television specials, including films by the BBC, ARTE, NTR (Netherlands), and NHK. They are the subject of three recent video recordings, and their performances were also featured on Swiss TV in the documentary film by Richard Dindo, Vivaldi in Venice.

2016-17 season highlights include performances of Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans at London’s Barbican Centre and the Brussels Palais des Beaux-Arts, marking the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the oratorio’s premiere in Venice; performances with violinist Viktoria Mullova at Vienna’s Musikverein and in Budapest; an 18-city tour of the US featuring violinist Nicola Benedetti; and a tour of Japan with mandolinist Avi Avital.

Performance highlights include extensive tours of Europe, the United States and Asia with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky; concerts with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux in France and Belgium; concerts with mandolinist Avi Avital in Italy, Croatia, Germany, Spain, France, Mexico, and a twelve-concert tour of the United States and Canada; performance in the Frauenkirche with soprano Karina Gauvin for the Dresden Music Festival; and a tour with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená including the Istanbul Festival and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Highly unusual for a Baroque ensemble, the VBO premiered Philip Glass’s violin concerto The American Four Seasons. With violinist Robert McDuffie, the orchestra appeared in 28 cities across the continent in 2010.

The orchestra’s latest recording, of Vivaldi concertos with Avi Avital, was released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2015. The previous release, featuring Philippe Jaroussky in Porpora arias on the Erato label, received a Grammy nomination. The 2012 release on Naïve, a pasticcio of Metastasio’s L’Olimpiade featuring the recording premieres of many 18th-century opera arias, was awarded Choc du Monde de la Musique. The VBO has an extensive discography with Sony and Deutsche Grammophon. Their world-premiere recording of Andromeda liberata for DG was followed by violin concertos with Giuliano Carmignola; Vivaldi sinfonias and concertos for strings; Vivaldi motets and arias with soprano Simone Kermes, two discs with Ms. Kožená—Handel arias and Vivaldi arias; Vivaldi violin concertos with Viktoria Mullova and Mr. Carmignola, and Italian arias with Ms. Petibon. The orchestras earlier discography on Sony with Mr. Carmignola includes The Four Seasons, previously unrecorded Vivaldi concertos, and a collection of Bach arias featuring Angelika Kirchschlager. The orchestra has also been honored with the Diapason d’Or, Echo Award, and the Edison Award.

Nuria Rial

Nuria Rial studied voice and piano in her native Catalonia and was a member of Kurt Widmer’s class at the Basel Academy of Music. In 2003, she was awarded the “Preis der Helvetia Patria Jeunesse Stiftung” by the Pro Europa – for her exceptional achievements as a singer. She has performed at all the leading music festivals in Europe and collaborates with such conductors as Ivan Fischer, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul Goodwin, Trevor Pinnock, Howard Griffiths, Gustav Leonhardt, René Jacobs, Thomas Hengelbrock, Laurence Cummings, Neville Marriner and Teodor Currentzis as well as notable ensembles, including Concerto Köln, The English Concert, Kammerorchester Basel, Collegium 1704, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Elbipolis Barockorchester, Le Cetra Basel and L’Arpeggiata, Festival Lucerne Strings.

She appeared in important operatic productions in many of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses: Cavalli’s Eliogabalo (Eritea) at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels under René Jacobs; Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Euridice) at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin with René Jacobs and at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva with Giovanni Antonini; and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) at the Theatre Carlo Felice in Genova.

Nuria Rial has been working a lot with Baroque music and performance practice. Alongside she is also interested in other genres. In 2012 she persuaded, for example, in the role of Nuria in the contemporary opera Ainadamar by Golijov at the Teatro Real Madrid, directed by Peter Sellars. In 2015 and 2016 she will sing again the Pamina with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fischer.

As she is so inspired of chamber music, Nuria Rial looks after partnerships with ensembles such as “il pomo d’oro”, “Café Zimmermann” or the “Nash Ensemble”. In her recital programs she sings French and Spanish repertoire, but also German songs.

Nuria Rial enjoys a vast discography, having recorded for such labels as Harmonia Mundi France (award-winning recording of Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by René Jacobs or recently Traces to Anna Magdalena Bach). Since 2009, she has an exclusive recording agreement with Sony Classical / BMG Masterworks. Händel’s 9 German Arias with Michael Oman/ Austrian Baroque Company awarded the prestigious Orphée d’Or 2010. In 2009, the CD Haydn – Arie per un’amante with Michi Gaigg/ Orfeo Barockorchester won an Echo Classical Music Award, and she received a second Echo Award for her contribution to the CD Teatro d’Amore. 2010 followed the Echo Klassik for the CD Via Crucis with Christina Pluhar’s L’Arpeggiata and 2012 she was awarded for her CD Telemann with the Basel Chamber Orchestra in the category “Beste Opernarien CD”.

Zefiro Torna

The vocal-instrumental ensemble Zefiro Torna brings to life the cultural heritage from the middle ages, renaissance and baroque in a unique way. The ensemble does not limit itself to a merely historical approach but combines it with other musical traditions, as well as literature, science, philosophy and current art expressions in the field of fine arts, theatre and dance. This results in fascinating pieces of ‘Gesamtkunst’ around a variety of symbolic or allegorical themes.

Therefore, the ensemble entered into dialogue with individual artists, directors, choreographers, composers and performers as Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Bram Bosteels, Brody Neuenschwander, Dick van der Harst, Ghalia Benali, Ief Spincemaille, Jeroen d’Hoe, Martin Valcke, Mauro Pawlowski, Sigrid T’Hooft, Stefaan Degand, Stevie Wishart, Timo Van Luijk, Tom Hannes and with ensembles as Abattoir Fermé, ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Antwerps Kathedraalkoor, Figurentheater De Maan, Frank Vaganée Trio, Ialma, LOD, Pantalone, Psallentes, Ultima Thule, Vlaams Radiokoor/Hervé Niquet, Vocalconsort Berlin, ZOO/Thomas Hauert.

Through this approach, Zefiro Torna has gained international renown. The ensemble is a welcomed guest in prestigious (inter)national concert venues as Amuz, Bozar, Concertgebouw Brugge, De Bijloke, De Singel, Flagey, Handelsbeurs, Kaaitheater, Muziekgebouw aan ‘tIJ Amsterdam, Philharmonie Haarlem, Radialsystem V/Berlin, Vredenburg Utrecht, Wilminktheater Enschede and art and music festivals as Brosella, Charleroi Danses, Festival de Wallonie, Festival van Vlaanderen-Mechelen, Klarafestival, Laus Polyphoniae, MAfestival Brugge, Zomer van Antwerpen, Banchetto Musicale/Vilnius, Biennale Alter Musik/Konzerthaus Berlin, Concentus Moraviae, Festival de Musica Antigua de Sevilla, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Festival Seviqc-Brezice Slovenië, Frysk Festival, Gergiev Festival Rotterdam, Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg, Landshuter Hofmusiktage, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Operadagen Rotterdam, Theaterfestival Boulevard ’s-Hertogenbosch en Zeeland Nazomer Festival.

Their creations are regularly awarded and several of them have been released on the labels Et’Cetera, Warner Classics and Homerecords.

An D’Huys

An D’Huys studied consecutively at Sint-Lukas in Brussel and the Antwerpse Modeacademie, Fashion Design. Since the eighties she has been at work as a costume designer for various companies, such as TG STAN, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Toneelhuis, Vlaamse Opera and Rosas. In addition, D’Huys also did work for the film world. Furthermore she has been part of the Ann Demeulemeester design team.