For the Palazzetto Bru Zane, the year 2018 is the occasion to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Gounod, one of the major figures of French Romanticism. The composer will be approached from different angles that will demonstrate just how incomplete our knowledge of his catalogue of works still is today. The operatic events on the programme include the modern premiere of his last opera, Le Tribut de Zamora (in Munich), followed by those of La Nonne sanglante – a coproduction with the Opéra Comique – and of the first version of Faust (1859) with spoken dialogue, melodramas and many numbers that are unknown today – at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. But Gounod will also stand revealed as a symphonist and composer of sacred and chamber music over a range of concerts, recordings, books and conferences.
As an introduction to this spring cycle, the autumn will have shed new light on one of Gounod’s mentors: the Czech composer Antoine Reicha, who became a naturalised French citizen after spending many years in Paris, notably as professor of composition at the Conservatoire. Reicha had a lasting influence on Berlioz, Liszt and César Franck, among many others, thanks to his modern views on harmony and his adventurous conception of counterpoint. Sonatas, trios, quartets and quintets will provide an insight into his style, close to that of Boëly and Onslow.
The Palazzetto Bru Zane will also present three new staged productions on tour. Hervé’s Mam’zelle Nitouche will give Pierre-André Weitz a chance to continue his work on the father of operetta after the success of Les Chevaliers de Table ronde over the past two seasons. The Centre de musique romantique française will also be reunited with the Compagnie Les Brigands for a new collaboration: Les P’tites Michu by André Messager, staged by Rémy Barché. Finally, a show entitled 2 Bouffes en 1 acte, combining Offenbach’s Les Deux Aveugles with Hervé’s Le Compositeur toqué and directed by Lola Kirchner, will allow audiences to compare the talents of these two masters of operetta.
The Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris, for its sixth edition, expands to take in twenty-six concerts and staged performances from 1 to 27 June 2018, inviting the spectator to explore the music of the nineteenth century in all its diversity in the leading venues of today’s musical Paris: at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Opéra Comique, the Théâtre de l’Athénée, the Auditorium de Radio France, the Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
And, in Germany, it is at the RADIALSYSTEM V in Berlin that the Palazzetto Bru Zane will take up its winter quarters for the first edition of a new festival, from 1 to 3 December 2017, that aims to give the Berlin public an opportunity to discover French Romantic music.