Vocal Masterpieces at the Philharmonie de Paris
221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Capacity 2400 seats
Approximately 2 hours
For all ages
In different languages (see below)
A selection of four large vocal works in concert version at the Philharmonie de Paris! The stage hosts four masterpieces by Haydn, Mozart, Handel, and Bach. Nothing hinders the understanding of the work: no costumes, no staging. Only the orchestra and the singers express themselves, delivering the message of the composers with all their ardor and passion. Let yourself be seduced by the flying melody lines of the violin, voice, and, let us not forget, the conductor’s gestures.
How do you experience these great masterpieces? By attending a concert version at the Philharmonie de Paris of course! After all, there is nothing to detract from the beauty of the music, the singing, and the message that the composer envisioned. All the beauty of Haydn’s idealized picture of peasant life in The Seasons, the intensity of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Handel’s magical vision in Alcina and the profound spirituality of Bach’s St Matthew Passion are fully expressed on stage. The conductors are well renowned and are accompanied by their ensembles in full confidence. Welding the baton is the great William Christie for Les Arts Florissants, the delicate Marc Minkowski for Les Musiciens du Louvre, the baroque enthusiast Jordi Savall for La Capella Nacional de Catalunya and the French conductor Christophe Rousset for Les Talens Lyriques. Come experience this amazing night for yourself!
Tuesday the 7th of February 2023, at 8 p.m.
Alcina from Handel
With Les Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski, with Magdalena Kožená (Alcina), Erin Morley (Morgana), Elizabeth DeShong (Bradamante), Anna Bonitatibus (Ruggiero), Valerio Contaldo (Oronte) and Alex Rosen (Melisso)
Wednesday the 22nd of March 2023, at 8 p.m.
The Seasons from Haydn
With Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie, with Mélissa Petit (Hanne, the daughter), Moritz Kallenberg (Lucas, a young peasant) and Sreten Manojlović (Simon, a farmer)
With French and English subtitles
Tuesday the 4th of April 2023, at 8 p.m.
St Matthew Passion from Bach
With Les Talens Lyriques and the Chamber Choir of Namur, conducted by Christophe Rousset, with Ian Bostridge (evangelist), Benjamin Appl (Jesus), Anna El-Khashem (soprano), Mari Askvik (viola), James Way (tenor) and Thilo Dahlmann (bass)
With French and English subtitles
Monday the 22nd of May 2023, at 8 p.m.
Missa solemnis from Beethoven
With La Capella Nacional de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations, conducted by Jordi Savall, with Rachel Redmond (soprano), Olivia Vermeulen (viola), Martin Platz (tenor) and Manuel Walser (baritone)
Philharmonie de Paris
If Paris were to be defined in terms of monuments, we would include the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Pyramid, the Opéra Garnier, and the Opéra Bastille to name a few.. But from this list the Philharmonie de Paris is surely missing! This impressive monument, inaugurated on January 15th, 2015, is dedicated to symphonic music, chamber music, jazz and world music. Composed of over 340,000 aluminum shiny plates, its impressive facade of the Philharmonie de Paris has become a famous landmark of north-eastern Paris.
All types of music can be found at the Philharmonie de Paris. This venue hosts orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, Les Arts Florissants, the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France and welcomes major international orchestras, conductors, and musicians who make their difficult scores look easy as they perform them for 2,400 astonished spectators. The acoustic excellence of the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez, entrusted to New Zealand’s Sir Harold Marshall and Japan’s Yasuhisa Toyota, creates particularly favorable conditions for listening to pianissimo, pizzicato, or even delicate harp chords.
The soft colors of the blond wood featured in the hall paired with the balconies, which seem to loom weightless, create a real sense of intimacy, especially since the distance between the conductor and the closest listener is a mere 32 meters! A hall that holds a sense of esteemed intimacy despite its size, and with an international and varied programme... You must experience it for yourself first-hand!
Fast Facts Capacity: 2,400 Wheelchair accessible? Yes Airconditioned? Yes