Season 2016 – 2017
The Palazzetto Bru Zane’s new season juxtaposes Camille Saint-Saëns and Fernand de La Tombelle. These two contemporaries have been treated quite differently by posterity.
The programme offers a chance to (re)discover the former’s highly Wagnerian Proserpine along with Le Timbre d’argent, whose supernatural elements are unexpected in a composer generally thought of as all too tame. These two operatic projects reunite the Palazzetto Bru Zane with two loyal partners, the Opéra Comique and Bavarian Radio. The publication of two books in the Actes Sud/Palazzetto Bru Zane collection, the release of two CD anthologies of previously unrecorded mélodies, one with orchestra, the other with piano, and several conferences will highlight little-known facets of Camille Saint-Saëns.
As to Fernand de La Tombelle, a festival will be wholly devoted to him in Venice, providing an opportunity to assess the wide range of compositions of this atypical nineteenth-century figure.
The Palazzetto Bru Zane will also celebrate Étienne-Nicolas Méhul, one of the fathers of French musical Romanticism, for the bicentenary of his death, with the first modern performance of his Solemn Mass for the coronation of Napoleon, the release of a recording of Uthal, ardently championed by Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, and the publication of a book on the composer’s life and career.
Hervé’s opéra-bouffe Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde will enjoy a run of performances at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris for the Christmas holiday season, after which its characters’ tribulations can be enjoyed on stages elsewhere in France. Several other productions will be presented on tour, including Phèdre by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, staged by Marc Paquien, and Votez pour moi (Vote for me!), a mischievous nod in the direction of the French presidential elections.
The fifth edition of the Palazzetto Bru Zane Festival in Paris will conclude the season in June 2017. After an inaugural weekend focusing on vocal music –Halévy’s La Reine de Chypre at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Lemoyne’s Phèdre at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, and the first staged production in modern times of Saint-Saëns’s Le Timbre d’argent at the Opéra Comique – several concerts of chamber music will survey the nineteenth century in all its diversity.
Finally, to complement its digital resource portal dedicated to the French musical heritage of the nineteenth century, Bru Zane Mediabase, the Palazzetto Bru Zane will launch Bru Zane Classical Radio, a web radio that will stream non-stop programmes of French Romantic music twenty-four hours a day.