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Pergolese : Stabat Mater

Thursday 6th April 2023
21h l 1h20 without intermission

Cast

Bruno de Sá Countertenor
Cameron Shahbazi Countertenor

Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal
Under the high patronage of Aline Foriel-Destezet
Andrés Gabetta Conductor

Presentation

Two countertenors for an emblematic work, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater: the resurrection of the historical creation of this work in France, brought by two castrati of Louis XV’s Royal Chapel !

A few months before his death at the age of twenty-six, Pergolesi received a commission for a new Stabat Mater to replace an earlier version by Alessandro Scarlatti. Overcome by illness, he expressed the Virgin's suffering in the passionate language of opera. Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, premiered in 1736, is one of the most emblematic works of the Baroque period, and had a profound effect on the musical world of the 18th century, particularly in France.

The Italian castrati of the Chapelle Royale de Versailles (Louis XIV brought eight of them from Italy in 1679 for his religious music), brought the score from Italy and promoted it eagerly at the Court of Louis XV and at the Concert Spirituel. On discovering Pergolesi's Stabat, Paris was enraptured and saw it as the revolutionary work of a Neapolitan genius, who had unfortunately died so young... Its success continued throughout the century. In Vivaldi's case, the same Stabat Mater gave rise to a virtuoso work, composed in 1712 for performance in Brescia, and mirroring Mary’s laments, the motet In Furore unleashes opposing passions in a work that is as dazzling as it is contrasting: here is the fury of divine anger !

For the magnificent duet of angelic voices lamenting Mary's sorrow at the foot of the Cross, the two performers must be able to blend their timbres, like the two Neapolitan castrati for whom this music was composed.

The brilliant sopranist Bruno De Sá brings all the light of South America with a voice that undoubtedly reflects the angelism of some of the castrati of the Vatican, the Royal Chapel of Naples... or that of Versailles! And the alto voice of Cameron Shahbazi, a singer of Iranian origin, brings an unheard-of commentary colour to this exceptional duet.

Here are two exceptional performers for a programme that brings both emotion and virtuosity…

A Les Productions de l'Opéra Royal production

This concert is dedicated to the emory of Denis Jovignot

Available in the Château de Versailles Spectacles collection

PROGRAMME

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
In Furore
Stabat Mater

Jean-Baptiste Pergolèse (1710-1736)
Stabat Mater

Lire la suite

Royal Chapel

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Prices

Catégorie 3

41€ to 49€
Web Carte CVS
41€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
41€
Web Tarif Plein
49€

Catégorie 2

59€ to 70€
Web Carte CVS
59€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
59€
Web Tarif Plein
70€

Catégorie 1

78€ to 92€
Web Carte CVS
78€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
78€
Web Tarif Plein
92€

Prestige

113€ to 130€
Web Carte CVS
113€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
113€
Web Tarif Plein
130€

Prestige VIP

151€
Web Tarif Plein
151€

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY : Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

PRESTIGE CATEGORY : Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).

To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.

In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm) or in our box office-shop (3 bis rue des Réservoirs, 78000 Versailles ; Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm, and on Saturdays with concerts or shows except during the Musical Fountains Shows, from 2pm to 5pm).

 

 

 

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