Krzysztof Penderecki

Krzysztof Penderecki
Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020) conducting his oratorio "Seven Gates of Jerusalem" at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, in 2001. Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky

Friday, February 20, 2015

Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón: Paris Concert 2007 – National Orchestra of Belgium, Emmanuel Villaume

Photo by Colette Masson

The tension is palpable at Paris' Théâtre des Champs-Elysées this 28th of March 2007. Anna Netrebko is not only making her debut in France, but she is making it with Rolando Villazón. The "dream couple" of the opera world is about to bring its incomparable charm and magnetism to France's "mélomanes". And the result is nothing less than phenomenal: An unforgettable evening, rich in emotions, which many spectators will look back on with nostalgia one day and say: "I was there!".

No matter where they appear, Netrebko and Villazón inevitably work their magic on the audience, whether it consists of hundreds or, when broadcast on TV, of millions. For their Paris concert, the duo chose a broad selection of chiefly late-romantic works – the style for which their voices seem to be tailor-made. A tribute to France is offered with excerpts from Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" and the littleknown "Polyeucte", along with the famous "duo de SaintSulpice" from Massenet's "Manon".

Not surprisingly, Russian composers also grace the program: Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" and "Iolanta" as well as Rachmaninov's "Twelve Songs", sung superbly by Netrebko and one of the highlights of the program. Villazón's Latin blood heats up Spanish songs by Sotullo-Otero, Vert, Moreno-Torroba and Penella. But it's in the Italian repertoire that the couple reaches heights of artistry, lyricism and passion. In duets from "La Traviata", the couple's breakout vehicle of 2005, but also in pieces by Ponchielli, Catalani and Puccini, including the ever-popular "O soave fanciulla" from "La Bohème". Villazón triumphs here as a warm and compelling Rodolphe.

The singers, accompanied by the Orchestre National de Belgique under Emmanuel Villaume, conclude their program with three rousing encores, Penella's "El Gato Montés", "Tonight" from Bernstein's "West Side Story" and the Violetta/Alfredo duet "Libiamo" from "La Traviata". Despite its thorough planning and perfect coordination, the Paris Concert is like a get-together of two friends, whose naturalness and sincerity are light years away from the posing and attitudes of many of today's divas!

Source: DVD "Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón in Paris"

Η Ρωσίδα ντίβα Άννα Νετρέμπκο και ο διάσημος Μεξικανός τενόρος Ρολάντο Βιγιαζόν (ζευγάρι και στη ζωή), ερμηνεύουν άριες και ντουέτα από όπερες των Σαρλ Γκουνώ, Ζυλ Μασνέ, Πιότρ Ιλίτς Τσαϊκόφσκι, Τζουζέπε Βέρντι, Τζάκομο Πουτσίνι, Αμίλκαρε Πονκιέλλι και άλλων μεγάλων συνθετών. Την Εθνική Ορχήστρα του Βελγίου διευθύνει ο Γάλλος αρχιμουσικός Εμανουέλ Βιγιώμ. Η συναυλία δόθηκε στο Θέατρο των Ηλυσίων Πεδίων, στο Παρίσι, στις 28 Μαρτίου 2007.

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Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón | Paris Concert 2007

Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
1. Romeo & Juliette "Ouverture" (Orchestre National de Belgique)
2. Romeo & Juliette "Je veux vivre" (Anna Netrebko)
3. Polyeucte "Source delicieuse" (Rolando Villazón)

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
4. Manon "Toi! Vous!" (Saint Sulpice) (Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
5. Eugene Oneguin "Polonaise" (Orchestre National de Belgique)
6. Eugene Oneguin "Kuda, Kuda" (Rolando Villazón)
7. Iolanta "Tvajo malchan'je nepan'atna" (Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón)

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
8. Carmen "Prelude de l'acte IV" (Orchestre National de Belgique)

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
9. La Traviata "E strano... Ah! Fors'e lui... Sempre libera" (Anna Netrebko)

Reveriano Soutullo (1880-1932) & Juan Vert (1890-1931)
10. La del soto del Parral "Ya mis horas felices" (Rolando Villazón)

Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982)
11. Luisa Fernanda "Callate, Corrazon" (Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón)

Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
12. Cavalleria Rusticana "Intermezzo" (Orchestre National de Belgique)

Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886)
13. II Figliuol Prodigo "II Padre!... Tenda Natal" (Rolando Villazón)

Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893)
14. La Wally "Ebben, ne andro lontana" (Anna Netrebko)

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
15. La Bohème "O soave fanciulla" (Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón)

Manuel Penella Moreno (1880-1939)
16. El Gato Montés "Si torero quiero si..." (Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón)

Anna Netrebko, soprano
Rolando Villazón, tenor

National Orchestra of Belgium
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Directed by Olivier Simmonet

Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, March 28, 2007

A production of Unitel and Bel Air Media Paris in co-production with Arte, France 2 and Classica

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First publication: February 20, 2015 – Last update: August 13, 2016

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See also

Anna Netrebko & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Live from Red Square, Moscow – State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov", Constantine Orbelian – Part 1/2 (HD 1080p)

Anna Netrebko & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Live from Red Square, Moscow – State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov", Constantine Orbelian – Part 2/2 (HD 1080p)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Iolanta – Anna Netrebko, Sergei Skorokhodov, Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Theater 28/9/2009

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater – Anna Netrebko, Marianna Pizzolato, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Bertrand de Billy (HD 1080p)

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