SUMMER 2017, MOZART’S DON GIOVANNI: SEDUCTION AND FALL
Whether at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Festival International d’Opéra Baroque et Romantique de Beaune or the Musikfest Bremen, it is Mozart’s Don Giovanni that will make hearts beat faster and throb to its breathtaking drama under the direction of Jérémie Rhorer. Mozart is the silver thread running through the career of the conductor and musical director of Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, who seeks to convey the dramaturgical riches of the composer. Over the past decade or so, Jérémie Rhorer and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie have ploughed a Mozartian furrow that was initiated with concert performances of Idomeneo, Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte and was followed by a staged production of Idomeneo that marked the conductor’s encounter with the director Stéphane Braunschweig, a revival of Éric Génovèse’s production of Così fan tutte, and the premiere of this interpretation of Don Giovanni at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in spring 2013. They pursued the adventure by revealing the hidden beauties of the rarely performed La clemenza di Tito, in a staging by Denis Podalydès. Their most recent incursion into Mozart came with Die Entführung aus dem Serail in autumn 2015. This summer, Jérémie Rhorer and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie will give a staged production of Don Giovanni at Aix-en-Provence, directed by Jean-François Sivadier, and two concert versions. Each will be performed with a different cast, all three of them familiar with the conductor’s musical and dramatic requirements. The three casts assemble teams of young and dynamic singers. At Aix-en-Provence it is the Canadian baritone Philippe Sly and the bass-baritone Nahuel Di Pierro who will lead the dance, surrounded by the sparkling ladies Julie Fuchs, Eleonora Burrato and Isabel Leonard, not forgetting the tenor Pavol Breslik. At Beaune, another Canadian, the young and talented Gordon Bintner, will play Don Giovanni alongside Nahuel Di Pierro, accompanied by Vannina Santoni, Catherine Trottman and Arianna Vanditelli. In Bremen, Jérémie Rhorer will be reunited with the seductive duo of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées production, Jean-Sébastien Bou and Robert Gleadow, who in addition to their vocal qualities are also excellent actors.