An excellent week with the Tonkünstler Orchester. Not only the pleasure to rehearse in Wien at the Musikverein, but to go to the Festspielhaus in Sant Pölten for a fantastic performance of Mussorgsky-Ravel Tableaux d’une exposition, and Stravinsky L’oiseau de feu.
Special thanks to Brigitte Fuerle and Christina Aksoy, to all the musicians of this fantastic orchestra, to the Vlaamse Opera and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui!
What an extrême pleasure. Two masterpieces, with a fantastic orchestra,in a fantastic town, full of meaning for me. A week of happiness, of musics, of energy. Last time I was in Thessaloniki I think I was child. The city where my father studied, where he became the glorious mathematician he is.
It was my turn now to meet as an artist the fantastic Thessaloniki: greek yes but as well « Balkanic »! Quick, smiling, full of café frappé! A port, industrial, with such a high energy, very far from the beautiful and contemplative beaches of Halkidiki. And, the pleasure to collaborate with the Thessaloniki Symphonic State Orchestra. Sometimes, it’s nice to say that some clichés are wrong!!!!!! The quality, the professionalism, the musicality of this ensemble, pure happiness.
And the pleasure to discover Sophia Kyanidou in Richard Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder: not only a fantastic soprano, but a fantastic colleague, able to manage the major difficulties of the piece, the eternal lines of the text and with a perfect German! Concert took place in the Megaron, ideal concerthall on front sea and was a magnificent success (for all able to read greek, click hier!)
See you very very soon my dear Thessaloniki, in October for Brahms Requiem!
What a pleasure! After a fantastic time at the Hungarian State Opera, here we are, back at the Opéra National de Paris. A house where I worked as assistant, as second chorus master, a house where I replaced two sooo important conductors for me Maestro Fabio Luisi and Maestro Jesus Lopez-Cobos. A house where I started, where I learned so much from all the instrumentalists of the orchestra, from all the soloists, from all the pianists and chorus members.
A pleasure to be back in the pit of the Palais Garnier, to conduct four Gala de Danse, with L’Ecole de Danse de L’opéra de Paris. Fantastic dancers, beautiful program, done for the birthday of the Opera House: Rameau D’Ores et Déjà, Conservatoire, et André Messager Les deux Pigeons. Thanks to Mlle Elisabeth Platel and to Maestro Philippe Jordan for this confidence! And, a fantastic privilège to even record Messager Les deux pigeons with such an exceptional orchestra!
See you in November dear friends, still in Garnier, with Le Parc !
A pleasure always to work in Budapest, at the Hungarian State Opera!
The company is obviously marvelous, with a desire for music and for theater really impressive. The time there is always such a pleasure. I want here to say « thank you » to all the musicians and soloists (the grâce really touched you my friends),of the Opera House. But not only. The way the company supported the artistic needs of our Backcisarai was perfect, from the planning department to the communication, the orchestra office, the technique, the library, the GMD…. We all know how much we work when we are fix in a theater, and it’s nice to see an entire theater, really everyone, involved for the maximal success!! Many many thanks to all of you. And, many thanks to Amélie and Jozefa for the help organizing these magnificent photos! Two photographs, and really a nice result: Peter, Silvia, many thanks for your work. See you very soon!!
Entre les représentations de Bahkchisarai au Budapest State Opera, une représentation à Bienne, en restant partiellement en Hongrie grâce au magnifique Radamès de Peter Eötvös! Notre spectacle ici a attiré l’attention, beaucoup. Toujours très bien visité c’est un plaisir de compter encore avec celle de ce soir quatre représentations au Théâtre Bienne Soleure! Et ce spectacle a même attiré l’attention de Opernwelt avec une excellente critique que je vous joins. Profitons ce soir de ce merveilleux spectacle, avant de retourner à Budapest pour deux nouveaux Bahkchisarai samedi et dimanche! Un excellent weekend de musique!
First Performance of 2019!! Today, our second première of Radamès/Lohengrin, in Solothurn this evening! I wish all of our singers, instrumentalists, members of the Theater-Orchester-Biel-Solothurn, a fantastic première! And I wish to them and to all of you a fantastic 2019, full of musics, happiness, health, love, scores, legati, dolcissimi, con passione! Let’s play 2019 together!
This evening in Biel, première of our new production Radamès/Lohengrin.
Two modern operas: Radamès is a comedy, an opera company, without money, hiring a countertenor to sing and Aïda and Radames! And a psychological one, Lohengrin, expressing what is happening in the head of Elsa. A fantastic production of Bruno Berger-Gorski, served by talented singers, Rafal Tomkiewicz, Konstantin Nazlamov, Javid Samadov, Salvador Perez, and a real wow for Celine Steudler, our Elsa, alone on stage for Lohengrin. And an orchestra so good as characterizing the atmospheres of Lohengrin. Special thanks to Oscar, Kazuto and Vincent playing chamber music during our Radamès! And to our clarinetists for the « dream section » in Lohengrin!
This is my first time working with the Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn and its Intendant Dieter Kaegi: a fantastic company, playing so much and with a fantastically fresh desire for opera, stage, musics, full of curiosity. A real « Opera House », vivit how it needs to be. Let’s enjoy all together our première this evening!
If you want to hear our interview on the RTS, click here.