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Quebec City Season Baroque avant tout series

Alcina de Handel : l'enchantement

February 9, 2023 at 19:30

Salle Raoul-Jobin

Palais Montcalm – Maison de la musique
995, place D'Youville
Quebec City (Quebec) G1R 3P1

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Jonathan Cohen is pleased to present Quebec audiences with his vision of the opera Alcina, a project he has been working on in since he joined Les Violons du Roy. Don’t miss this great moment of lyrical art in a concert version of one of Handel’s most accomplished works, featuring the sublime Karina Gauvin in the title role and no fewer than six other high-level soloists.

Conductors and soloists

Jonathan Cohen Conductor

Jonathan Cohen has forged a remarkable career as a conductor, cellist, and keyboardist. Well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music, Jonathan is equally at home in such diverse areas as Baroque opera and the Classical symphonic repertoire. He is Artistic Director of Arcangelo, Music Director of Les Violons du Roy, Artistic Director of the Tetbury Music Festival, and Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

The 2021–22 season sees Jonathan direct a number of baroque masterpieces, including Messiah with Rotterdam Philharmonic and Les Violons du Roy and St. Matthew Passion with Arcangelo (BBC Proms) and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. He returns to the Glyndebourne Festival Opera for Alcina and to the Budapest Festival Orchestra for a programme of Scarlatti, Vivaldi and Handel. In the USA, he is back for concerts at the helm of the Handel and Haydn Society and Philharmonia Baroque.

In 2010 Jonathan founded Arcangelo, an ensemble that strives to present special musical projects of the highest quality. He has toured with the group to exceptional halls and festivals, including Wigmore Hall in London, Philharmonie Berlin, Kölner Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, the Salzburg Festival, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Arcangelo made its Proms debut at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2016 and returned to the Proms in 2018 to present Theodora to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall.

Arcangelo is busy and much in demand in the recording studio, partnering with fine soloists such as Iestyn Davies (its disc Arias for Guadagni won the Recital Category at the 2012 Gramophone Awards and its recording of Bach cantatas was best Baroque Vocal recording at the 2017 Gramophone Awards), Anna Prohaska, and Christopher Purves for Hyperion Records. Arcangelo’s Mozart disc with Vilde Frang on Warner Classics reached No. 1 on the UK specialist Classical chart and received an Echo Klassik Concert Award. Recital recordings with both Christiane Karg and Matthew Rose were nominated for International Opera Awards in 2016. Its recording CPE Bach Cello Concertos with Nicolas Altstaedt won the BBC Music Magazine Awards Concerto category in 2017, and its Buxtehude Trio Sonatas, Op.1 recording for Alpha Classics was nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Arcangelo’s most recent recordings of Magnificats by members of the Bach family and Charpentier’s Leçons de ténèbres are already attracting critical acclaim. Their latest release for Alpha Classics is Handel’s Brockes Passion.

Karina Gauvin Soprano

Lucy Crowe Soprano

With repertoire ranging from Purcell, Handel and Mozart to Donizetti’s Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Verdi’s Gilda (Rigoletto) and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, she has sung with opera companies throughout the world, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Recent opera highlights include her debut at Dutch National Opera in the title role Rodelinda and a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Poppea Agrippina. Highlights this season include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Metropolitan Opera and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) at Liceu Barcelona.

In concert, she has performed with many of the world’s finest conductors and orchestras including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Monteverdi Orchestra/Gardiner, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the London Symphony Orchestra. Highlights in concert this season include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Bayerischer Rundfunk, US and European tours of Handel’s Alcina and Serse, both with The English Concert, Macmillan’s Christmas Oratorio with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Staatskapelle Berlin

A committed recitalist she has appeared at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Mostly Mozart and Salzburg Festivals, and is a regular guest at the BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall.

Her recordings include Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the LSO; Handel’s Il Pastor Fido and Handel & Vivaldi with La Nuova Musica for Harmonia Mundi; Lutoslawski with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Alceste with the Early Opera Company and Eccles’ The Judgement of Paris all for Chandos; a solo Handel disc ll Caro Sassone and Handel’s Rodelinda with the English Concert, and Handel’s Queens with London Early Opera for Hyperion. Her debut recital recording featuring Berg, Strauss, and Schoenberg songs was released by Linn Records in August 2021.

Kayleigh Decker Mezzo-soprano

Praised for her “dulcet-toned mezzo-soprano” by the Wall Street Journal, Kayleigh Decker is fast becoming a name to watch in Europe and her native USA.

Kayleigh recently finished as an ensemble member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago where roles included her debut as Second Cretan Woman/Idomeneo, Kate Pinkerton/ Madama Butterfly and a number of notable cover roles, including Le Prince Charmant/Cendrillon, Rosina/The Barber of Seville, Laura/Luisa Miller and Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni conducted by James Gaffigan. Future plans include her return to Glyndebourne Festival in Summer 2022 as Ruggiero/Alcina.

An alumna of University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory, Kayleigh’s roles at CCM Opera include Fox/The Cunning Little Vixen, Le Prince Charmant/Cendrillon, Idamante/Idomeneo and the title role of Ariodante. Other opera highlights include the title role in La Cenerentola for Queen City Opera, Peggy in Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown for Cincinnati Opera, and Fox in Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince for Cincinnati Chamber Opera.

A passionate song interpreter, she was named one of Caramoor’s 2018 Schwab Vocal Rising Stars and was a participant in the inaugural season of Renée Fleming’s SongStudio at Carnegie Hall. She has given recitals produced by the Cincinnati Song Initiative, and recently performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center.

In 2019, Kayleigh was the recipient of three prestigious scholarships: the Luminarts Fellowship, first place in the Musicians Club of Women Scholarship Competition, and a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. Further accolades include first place in the Three Arts Scholarship Fund Competition and The Macdowell Society Scholarship Award in Cincinnati, second place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions-Great Lakes Region, first place in the CCM Corbett Competition, and the Encouragement award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions-Cincinnati District in 2016.

Stuart Jackson Tenor

Stuart Jackson won prizes at both the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and at the International Hugo Wolf Lied Competition in Stuttgart and has since given recitals for Staatsoper Stuttgart, at Wigmore Hall, at the Oxford Lieder Festival and at the Albertina Musensaal in Vienna.

In 21/22 season, Stuart sings his first Evangelist Bach St Matthew Passion with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen at the BBC Proms; Haydn The Creation at the Barbican with the Academy of Ancient Music; Handel Samson with The English Concert at the London Handel Festival; Mozart Mitridate, re di Ponto at the Royal Danish Opera, and returned to Glyndebourne Festival for Handel Alcina.

Recent appearances have included Junger Seeman in a semi-staged performance of Tristan und Isolde for Glyndebourne Festival; Prologue and Quint The Turn of the Screw for Opéra National de Lorraine; Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia with Trevor Pinnock, and his role and house debut as Jupiter Semele for Komische Oper, Berlin.

Stuart has sung Purcell The Fairy Queen with RIAS Kammerchor; Bach St John Passion on a European tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and with Chapelle Harmonique in Versailles, as well as on tour with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Daniel Reuss, with whom he has also performed St Matthew Passion; Mendelssohn Lobgesang with the Royal Northern Sinfonia; Martin Le Vin herbé with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra; Bruckner Te Deum with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra; and many performances of Messiah including with the Hallé Orchestra and John Butt, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan. 

Past opera engagements include Narraboth (Salome) for his debut at English National Opera; Vašek (Bartered Brid) in his debut for Garsington Opera; Jonathan in Handel Saul for Glyndebourne Tour and High Priest/Abner/Amalekite/Doeg (Saul) for Glyndebourne Festival. Further afield he has repeated his roles in Handel Saul for the Adelaide Festival, sung Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for Stuttgart Opera and Nettuno in Legrenzi La Divisione del Mondo for Opéra national du Rhin.

Avery Amereau Contralto

A native of Jupiter, Florida, Avery Amereau studied at Mannes College of Music and The Juilliard School, where she was the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship and the Shoshana Foundation 2017 Richard F. Gold Career Grant. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2016 as the Madrigal Singer in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The New York Times praised her performance as “captivating…. [Amereau] stood out for the unusually rich, saturated auburn timbre of her voice.”

She has since made her house and role debut for the Hannover Staatsoper (Alcina/Bradamante) and appeared at Glyndebourne Festival (Dryad/Ariadne), Santa Fe Opera (Olga/Eugene Onegin), Seattle Opera (Ursula/Beatrice et Benedict), Opera Columbus (Carmen), Grand Théâtre de Genève (Cherubino/Nozze di Figaro), the Salzburg Festival (Page/Salome), as well as her house and role debut as Eduige/Rodelinda at Opera de Lille, reprising the role for Opera de Lyon.

Exceptional in baroque repertoire, whilst at Juilliard she performed with the school’s historical performance department under such conductors as William Christie and Maasaki Suzuki, and sang at Bachfest Leipzig and the Boston Early Music Festival.

Recent concerts include the world premiere of The Listeners by Caroline Shaw on a U.S. concert tour with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Messiah with Bernard Labadie and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, her debut with the Early Opera Company in Dido and Aeneas at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vivaldi arias with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York, Mozart’s Requiem with the Rhode Island Philharmonic under Bramwell Tovey, and Bach’s St. John Passion and Duruflé’s Requiem with the Voices of Ascension, New York. Among her many Messiah performances, she has sung with the Phoenix Symphony, Nashville Symphony, University Musical Society of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Saint Thomas Church Choir. Elsewhere, she has sung Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the American Classical Orchestra under Thomas Crawford, and concerts of Handel and Vivaldi with Santa Fe Pro Musica.

Nathan Berg Bass-baritone

A “tall, majestic bass” with “impeccable technique” and “a palpable presence on stage,” Canadian bass-baritone Nathan Berg has enjoyed a career spannning a vast range of repertoire on the concert and operatic stage. He has recently earned worldwide acclaim for his portrayals of the title role in Der fliegende Holländer in his Bolshoi Theatre debut, Alberich in Das Rheingold with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Minnesota Opera, Doktor in Wozzeck with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony, for which he won a Grammy Award, and his company debut at Teatro alla Scala in Robert Carsen’s world-premiere production of Battistelli’s CO2.

In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Berg makes his Metropolitan Opera stage debut as The Father in the New York premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, returns to Theater Basel as Philippe in Don Carlos, and debuts the role of Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with the Taiwan Philharmonic. He will also lead a residency with Opera Lafayette in Taos, New Mexico, culminating in peformances of Grétry’s rarely-performed Silvain in both New York and Washington, DC.

As a Grammy, Juno, and Echo Award-winning recording artist, Mr. Berg has performed on over 30 recordings of works ranging from the 17th to 20th centuries with both period and modern orchestras. Early in his career, alongside building a solid reputation in major Mozart roles, Mr. Berg established his name as an outstanding interpreter of baroque and pre-classical music in both concert repertoire and opera. Notable among his many early recordings with Les Arts Florissants are Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah, as well as video recordings of Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes (Opéra de Paris) and Lully’s Armide (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées). Other noteworthy early recordings are Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne Festival production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and several lieder recordings. Recent releases include Wozzeck (Doktor) with the Houston Symphony, Dvořák’s Requiem with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Francisco Symphony, and Les Indes Galantes with Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.

Rowan Pierce Soprano

Yorkshire born soprano Rowan Pierce was awarded the President’s Award by HRH Prince of Wales at the Royal College of Music in 2017. She won both the Song Prize and First Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition in 2017, the first Schubert Society Singer Prize in 2014 and the Van Someren Godfery Prize at the RCM.

Rowan has appeared in concert throughout Europe and South America. She performs regularly with ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Rowan made her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017 with the OAE and returned in 2019 for Handel Jephtha with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She made her Wigmore Hall debut with the London Handel Players and returned with Florilegium in the 2019/20 season.

On the opera stage Rowan has performed Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring and Princess in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. Her future and recent operatic roles include Galatea (Acis and Galatea), Iris (Semele), Dorinda (Orlando), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Elsie (Yeoman of the Guard), Papagena (The Magic Flute) and Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro). In 2019 she made her debut at the Buxton Festival in the role of Papiria (Lucio Papirio Dittatore by Caldara) with La Serenissima and performed the roles of Quivera and Orazia (The Indian Queen) with Opéra de Lille. Other recent and future engagements include various roles in performances of both Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort and also with Ensemble Alia Mens in France, more performances of the Indian Queen with Opéra de Luxembourg, Opéra de Caen and Antwerp Opera as well as concerts and a recital with Philharmonia Baroque. In 2022 she makes her Glyndebourne Festival debut singing Oberto (Alcina).



Alcina, HWV 34

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