The Opéra Comique has the privilege of receiving them at the opening concert, initiating a new season inspired by Berlioz and his creed: only through emotion is it possible to attain truth.
In partnership with the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française
Vanessa Wagner, piano
François-Xavier Roth, conductor
Associated co-producteur, Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française
Sir Colin Davis is among the great operatic conductors of our time: Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, the Glyndebourne and Bayreuth festivals, la Scala of Milan have been among his favorite venues. This great figure of British musical direction has also marked the history of the BBC and London symphony orchestras. In the broad repertoire he has been serving for over half a century with a constantly renewed vigor, he is particularly attached to one composer: Hector Berlioz. Sir Colin is the only conductor who has recorded the composer’s entire œuvre with the inspiration and exactness equaling the greatest Romanticists inspired by Shakespeare, Walter Scott and Lord Byron. Directing the Orchestre National de France, which he conducted in June 2008 in the Requiem at the Basilique Saint-Denis and in February 2009 in Béatrice et Bénédict at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Sir Colin continues to revive this suggestive, emotional and sparkling music for Parisian audiences. The Opéra Comique has the privilege of receiving them at the opening concert, initiating a new season inspired by Berlioz and his creed: only through emotion is it possible to attain truth.
Waverley, concert overture inspired by Walter Scott (1828)
Les Nuits d’été, a cycle of mélodies on poems by Théophile Gautier (1838-1856)
Harold en Italie, symphonia concertante based on Childe Harold by Lord Byron (1834)