Salzburger Festspiele / Festival
Thomas DoliéAdamas (Baritone)
Blandine Folio PeresFashion / Céphise (Mezzo)
6 March 2016, Sunday
6 pm — 10 pm
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
Mondonville: Isbé - Concert opera performance
Following highly acclaimed productions of two Rameau operas, we have the chance in the 2015/16 season to hear an opera by another celebrated and central figure of 18th century French music, thanks to continuing cooperation with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Premired in 1742, Isbé is the first opera by Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, and the only one of nine which did not bring its composer wide success in the genre of musical theatre although it is true that at that time, he was not yet an admired maestro in the French royal court, nor a favourite of the arts-loving kings mistress Madame de Pompadour. While the large-scale motets he later composed as an established master became an everyday feature in the royal chapel, his instrumental music was also highly regarded in the France of Louis XV. Mondonville also garnered great prestige as principle choirmaster of the royal chapel and as violinist and main composer of the first concert series in music history, entitled Concert Spirituel.
This concert performance at Müpa Budapest promises to be another significant, and possibly sensational event in the series by György Vashegyi and his ensembles aimed at rediscovering and presenting works of the 17th and 18th centuries.