MusicFest Vancouver

Monteverdi’s “Combattimento”: A Theatrical Presentation

Sat Aug 14 2010 8:15pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall

A co-production with Le Nouvel Opéra (Montréal)

Suzie LeBlanc, soprano
Colin Balzer, tenor
Tyler Duncan, baritone

Isabeau Proulx-Lemire, tenor and actor
Marie-Nathalie Lacoursiere, dancer
Marie-Adeline Choquet, dancer

Chloe Meyers violin
Kathleen Kajioka violin
Amanda Keesmaat cello
Sylvain Bergeron lute & guitar
Annalisa Pappano viola da gamba & lirone
Natalie Mackie viola da gamba & violone
Alexander Weimann, music director, organ & harpsichord

Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière stage direction & choreography
Alexander Weimann music direction
Suzie LeBlanc & Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière conception

Le Nouvel Opéra presents “Visibilia”, a project which unites sacred and secular music by Monteverdi and invites the audience to navigate between the visible and invisible.

The performance begins with excerpts from his Selva Morale e Spirituale – for one, two and three voices accompanied by an instrumental ensemble. The texts are a mixture of psalms and non-liturgical texts; Ego Dormio is taken from the Song of Songs.

The second half of the programme opens with the dramatic scene Lamento della Ninfa, disturbing the serenity reached in the first part. As Monteverdi wrote himself in his directions, nothing prepares the listener for the surprise that awaits when the drama of Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda begins.

Sat Aug 14 2010 8:15pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall