Italy, queen of the musical world!
par The Orchestra of the Royal Opera of Versailles
direction Stefan Plewniak
Sunday, July 23rd, 9 pm – Church of Valloire
To present Vivaldi’s Concerti di Parigi and Pergolesi’s La Serva padrona on a double bill is to associate the two most famous Italian works in mid-18th-century Europe.
AThen at the height of his fame, Vivaldi was approached by a French collector to acquire some of his concertos, the famous Concerti di Parigi. Even if the style of these works often refers to specific features of French music, such as overtures, bourrée or minuet movements, they are above all dazzling Vivaldian concertos.
In 1733, Pergolesi created La Serva padrona in Naples, an opera buffa in the purest Neapolitan style. Presented by the Troupe des Bouffons in 1752, this diminutive opera conquered the Parisian public, soon to be welcomed by the Académie Royale de Musique where, for the first time, an Italian opera was heard! Such was its success that the work became the symbol of Italian music, sparking the Querelle des Bouffons which pitted the advocates of the French style against those of the Italian style, deemed more natural and enticing. The work is presented here in its 19th-century French version.
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera of Versailles
Created in 2019, the Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal is made up of musicians who regularly work with the greatest conductors, in both the baroque and romantic repertoires. It is regularly present in the pit at the Opéra Royal, but, flexible in size, also performs for concerts and recordings under the Château de Versailles Spectacles label.
Artistic direction and solo violin
Stefan Plewniak is a Polish conductor and violinist. A former director of the Warsaw Chamber Opera, he is the first director of the Opéra Royal de Versailles. He is also the founder and musical director of the orchestra Il Giardino d’Amore and of La Cappella dell’Ospedale della Pietà Venezia and, as of 2016, of the symphonic orchestra The FeelHarmony.
In addition, Stefan Plewniak has founded and runs the exclusive Ëvoe Records label which has received international acclaim and awards.
Adèle Carlier has been performing in concerts since her youngest years with the Maitrise de Radio France. She began her professional career working with the composer Armand Amar then joined the vocal ensemble Les Cris de Paris, with whom she still works today.
Here are some of her latest performances: Dafné by W. Mitterer at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris ; Aglaé in Echo et Narcisse by Gluck conducted by H. Niquet at the Opera de Versailles, Bastienne in Bastien et Bastienne by Mozart with the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Versailles…
Marc Scoffoni is a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and of the Guildhall School in London. In 2005, he was named lyrical revelation by ADAMI and participated in the European Academy of the Aix-en-Provence festival.
On stage, he has distinguished himself in such diverse roles as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Escamillo in Carmen, Frédéric in Lakmé, Papageno in The Magic Flute… He has also participated in two creations: L’Annonce faite à Marie by Ph. Leroux and Les Rêveurs de la Lune by Howard Moody.
Pieces by Antonio Vivaldi and Giovanni Battista Draghi said Pergolesi.
Stefan Plewniak, artistic direction and solo violin
Adèle Carlier, singing
Marc Scoffoni, singing
Full cast to come