9 July – 5 August 2014, Orange: the 43rd Chorégies d’Orange returns to its roots – Verdi, great lyrical voices and international conductors. Raymond Duffaut, Managing Director of the Chorégies, has organized an excellent programme for the spectators, as always.
Masters and great voices of opera perform at the ancient Roman theatre, a listed world heritage. The programme includes two operas (Nabucco and Otello), an oratorio (Carmina Burana) and two concerts.
Verdi is reinterpreted in Nabucco and Otello. Credits are to Jean-Paul Scarpitta for the charming and refined staging of Nabucco. The great Israeli conductor Pinchas Steinberg leads the Orchestre National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon. The cast includes new great voices in the universe of Verdi, especially George Gagnidze and Martina Serafin, both perform for the first time at Chorégies.
Otello, the most celebrated masterpiece of the composer, is interpreted with elegance and depth by Myung Whun Chung, Head of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Nadine Duffaut’s staging is in harmony of such approach. It is a co-production with the Opéra de Marseille and, for the first time, with the Finnish opera festival Savonlinna. One of the main focuses is on the long-awaited Roberto Alagna, as well as Inva Mula and Seng-Hyoun Ko.
The concertante part of the programme includes the popular Carmina Burana and the lyrical concert by soloists Patrizia Ciofi and Daniela Barcellona under the direction of Luciano Acocella. Also not to be missed is the Concert des Révélations Classiques at the Cour Saint-Louis.