|Who||Ensemble Matheus (France)
Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Baroque violin & conductor
|Soloists||Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Anna Schivazappa, mandolin
Laurence Paugam, Baroque violin
|Where||Valtice Castle Riding Hall|
Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741) L’Olimpiade, overture RV 725 · L’Olimpiade RV 725 “Quel destrier, che all’ albergo è vicino” · Il Giustino RV 717 “Sento in seno ch’in pioggia di lagrime” · Concerto for Mandolin in C major RV 425 · L’Olimpiade RV 725 “Mentre dormi amor fomenti” · Cantata “Cessate, omai cessate” RV 684 · Il Tigrane RV 740 “Fara la mia spada” · Farnace, overture RV 711 · La fida ninfa RV 714 “Qual serpe tortuosa” · Il Giustino RV 717 “Vedrò con mio diletto” · Concerto for Two Violins in D major RV 513 · Andromeda liberata RV Anh. 117 “Sovente il sole” · L’Olimpiade RV 725 “Gemo in punto e fremo”
In 2019, Roger Parker wrote for the prestigious magazine Opera: “Orliński is a real countertenor miracle, one of the best I’ve ever heard on the opera stages.” Orliński’s bio was published on the pages of the magazines such as The New Yorker or the Polish Vogue. He has fifty-five thousand followers on his Facebook profile alone, and the number of views of his recordings on YouTube has exceeded ten million by a lot. Being 30 years old, Jakub Józef Orliński is without a doubt one of the most watched artists in the contemporary world of the classical music. Orliński’s career began in 2017 by graduation from the prestigious Julliard School in New York. At that time, he had had valuable victories from the Metropolitan Opera National Council 2016, Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition 2016 and from the International Early Music Vocal Competitions in Poland. Over the next three years, he collaborated with Les Arts Florissants (Tell Me the Truth About Love project directed by Robert Carsen and a performance of Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with Paul Agnew), The English Concert, Music of the Baroque and Il Pomo d’oro, with which he performed concerts in London’s Wigmore Hall, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris at the end of 2019. He has made his debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival in the United Kingdom, Händel-Festspiele in Karlsruhe, Opernhaus Zürich and New York’s Carnegie Hall. However, his American opera debut at the San Francisco Opera in June 2020 was thwarted by the covid-19. In addition, he is actively involved in breakdancing, and has even won several awards in this field (fourth place in the Red Bull BC One Poland Cypher Competition as an example). Thanks to his talent, attractive appearance and extraordinary charisma, he has become the face of campaigns for many companies, including Levi’s, Nike, Turbokolor and Samsung. With a concert at the Lednice-Valtice Music Festival, he enters into an intensive collaboration with Ensemble Matheus, which should culminate in 2024 as part of the Summer Olympic Games in Paris.
Modern, brave in the artistic course, deeply human, moving with elegance from baroque music to the contemporary. This is how Jean-Christoph Spinosi, the founder and artistic leader of the Ensemble Matheus, can be characterized. In addition to his ensemble, he is a regular guest of the Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris National Opera, Château de Versailles Royal Opera, Vienna State Opera, Theatre an der Wien, Salzburg Festival, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and many more. Among others, he has collaborated with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphony Orchester Berlin, hr-Sinfonieorchester or Royal Philharmonic in Stockholm. He became famous for his experimental productions at Queen Mary II, New York’s Central Park or the performance aboard a Boeing flying to South Korea. Spinosi has no boundaries. His career is lined with exceptional artistic friendships with Cecilia Bartoli and Philippe Jaroussky, with whom he has created several even iconic projects, which certainly include staging Rossini Otello and La Cenerentola for Salzburg Festival, and has recorded several extremely successful albums worldwide for Decca and EMI-Virgin Classics (such as the triple Gold Record for Heroes with Philippe Jaroussky).
Vienna, Paris, London, Moscow, Salzburg, Madrid, New York, Buenos Aires or the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal concert in Cairo. Ensemble Matheus regularly makes its artistic impact on the most important music stages in the world. The ensemble from Brittany, which will celebrate 30 years since its founding in 2021, has built a strong bond not only with emblematic French opera and concert houses – Théâtre du Châtelet (ensemble in residence since 2007) and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Château de Versailles Royal Opera, Les Grands Concerts de Lyon – but also with many prestigious stages abroad (Carnegie Hall in New York, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London, BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome etc.). The collaboration with the Italian opera star Cecilia Bartoli, which in 2018 resulted in a joint recording of Vivaldi’s arias for Decca, must not remain unnoticed as well. After all, Vivaldi is almost the court composer of the ensemble: a 2005 recording of Orlando Furioso for Naïve became a complete sensation. Since then, the ensemble has released three more Vivaldi operas on the same label as part of the Vivaldi Edition project: La fida ninfa, Griselda and La verità in cimento. Ensemble Matheus proudly declares its Brittany citizenship, where the ensemble regularly performs and gives a great attention to educational programmes. Ensemble Matheus is supported by the Conseil régional de Bretagne, Conseil général du Finistère, the city of Brest and DRAC de Bretagne.
|Who||Musica Florea (Czech Republic)
Marek Štryncl, music production & conductor
Andrea Miltnerová (GB), directing & choreography
Václav Krajc & Jiří Bláha, scene
Eduardo García Salas (ES), directing assistant & artistic programmer
Kateřina Ďuricová, light design
Christopher Vinz (GB), costumes
|Where||Valtice Castle Theatre|