by La Fenice,
direction Jean Tubéry
Monday 25th July, 9 pm – Church of Valloire
Though Venetian by birth and heart, La Fenice has also met Florence on its path in the course of its thirty-year history. For this evening of festivities, leaving for a while the shores of the Lagoon for the banks of the Arno, it is with il Fior di Fiorenza (“the flower of Fleurance”) that we will step from the Renaissance into the Primo Seicento, at the time of the creation of the first operas in the history of music.
Like the Medici family, we will hear Florence sing a family song with the innovative bard Giulio Caccini and his diva daughter Francesca. Frescobaldi, the great organist of St Peter’s in Rome performed there as a secular musician with the Duke’s protégés, Peri, Cavalieri and Malvezzi.
From Mantua, Monteverdi made himself heard in the city of Dante Alighieri, who so inspired his Orfeo. It is indeed with Dante that we will ascend through the three celestial spheres of his Comedy that history later called Divine.
Come and admire with us the Arno flowing under the Ponte-Vecchio in Florence: the spectacle has never stopped since the Medici and their artists contemplated it with the same amazement in their eyes, to the sound of the same Aria di Firenze…
The phoenix – in Italian la fenice – is originally the fabulous bird of mythology which, after living for several centuries, consumes itself before rising from its ashes; it is today the name of a group of musicians brought together by the conductor-cornettist Jean Tubéry, sharing the same desire to revive the sumptuous music of Seicento Italy. However, the musical heritage of the ensemble extends to the whole of Europe and spans over two centuries, the cornetto being indeed in current use from the early 16th century right up to Johann Sebastian Bach, who resorted to it in several of his cantatas.
The ensemble performs at the most prominent festivals in Europe, the Americas, Japan and China and its recordings are regularly awarded the highest distinctions (Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique…).
Coming from all over Europe, the instrumentalists of la Fenice and their vocal partners – the Favoriti of La Fenice – are all internationally renowned soloists, who collaborate with today’s best ensembles and teach in national conservatories in France and abroad.
© Michel Antoine
Trained as a cornettist, Jean Tubéry first performed as an instrumentalist with numerous renowned ensembles before approaching choir direction. He has been asked to conduct, among others, the Dunedin Consort (Edinburgh), the Nederlands Kamerkoor (Amsterdam), Arsys Bourgogne, the Choir School and the Choir of Radio-France (Paris) as well as the Chamber Choir of Namur, of which he was the titular conductor from 2002 to 2008. But it was as a founding member of the La Fenice ensemble that he established himself as a major figure in the European musical world.
Jean Tubéry teaches cornetto at the Conservatoire Supérieur – C.R.R. in Paris and at the CNSM in Lyon, as well as improvised ornamentation at the Toulouse Conservatoire. He has been invited to give master-classes at numerous international institutes including the Schola Cantorum in Basel and Oxford University.
In 2013, Jean Tubéry was made Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques for his musicological and pedagogical work in Yonne (Burgundy-Franche-Comté), where he has been in residence with his ensemble since 2001.
© François Baguet
Œuvres de Claudio Monteverdi, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Giulio Caccini, Cristoforo Malvezzi, Antonio Brunelli, Francesca Caccini, Jacopo Peri, Marco da Gagliano.