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ALL SHOWS ARE PERFORMED AT THE MONTE CARLO OPERA except those in November
November 2023
Thursday
02 November
20 H

Choral concert
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Messa da requiem
Verdi
Sunday
19 November
19 H (by invitation from the Palais)

Staged Concert
Caruso à Monaco
Wednesday
22 November
20 H

Opera
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Don Carlo
Verdi
Friday
24 November
20 H

Opera
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Don Carlo
Verdi
Sunday
26 November
15 H

Opera
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Don Carlo
Verdi
December 2023
Saturday
16 December
20 H (Gala)

Musical
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The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Sunday
17 December
15 H

Musical
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The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Tuesday
19 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Wednesday
20 December
20 H

Musical
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The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Thursday
21 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Friday
22 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Friday
22 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Saturday
23 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Saturday
23 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Monday
25 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Tuesday
26 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Tuesday
26 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Wednesday
27 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Wednesday
27 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Friday
29 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Friday
29 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Saturday
30 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Saturday
30 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Sunday
31 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Sunday
31 December
20 H (masquerade night)

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
January 2024
Wednesday
24 January
19 H (Gala)

Opera
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Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Haendel
Friday
26 January
19 H

Opera
Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Haendel
Sunday
28 January
15 H

Opera
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Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Haendel
Monday
29 January
20 H

Choral concert
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Ein deutsches Requiem
Brahms
Tuesday
30 January
19 H

Opera
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Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Haendel
February 2024
Friday
23 February
20 H (Gala)

Opera
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Cavalleria rusticana & Gianni Schicchi
Mascagni & Puccini
Saturday
24 February
20 H

Aria Recital
Subscription Soirées
Rolando Villazón
Sunday
25 February
15 H

Opera
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Cavalleria rusticana & Gianni Schicchi
Mascagni & Puccini
Tuesday
27 February
20 H

Opera
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Cavalleria rusticana & Gianni Schicchi
Mascagni & Puccini
Thursday
29 February
20 H

Opera
Cavalleria rusticana & Gianni Schicchi
Mascagni & Puccini
March 2024
Saturday
23 March
17 H

Recital
Cecilia Bartoli & Lang Lang
Sunday
24 March
15 H

Opera
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La Fille du régiment
Donizetti
Tuesday
26 March
20 H (Gala)

Opera
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La Fille du régiment
Donizetti
Thursday
28 March
20 H

Opera
Subscription Soirées
La Fille du régiment
Donizetti
Saturday
30 March
20 H

Opera
La Fille du régiment
Donizetti
April 2024
Sunday
07 April
19 H

Staged Concert
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Their Master’s Voice
Malkovich - Bartoli
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Rolando
Villazón
24 february 2024 Aria Recital
Conductor Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer

Rolando Villazón

Aria Recital
Saturday 24 February 2024 - 20 h
Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Works by Du Puy, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Massenet, Verdi, Offenbach, Bizet, Moreno Torroba, Puccini and Gastaldon.

Rare are the artists with such diverse talents as Rolando Villazón. Revered singer, remark-ably inventive director, generous teacher, pop-ular radio presenter, as well as author, he has conquered everyone’s heart. Born in Mexico, he studied music and singing before finding fame in the 1990s. Award winner at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition, he made his debuts at major international venues. His pop-ularity grew thanks to the wide diffusion of his CDs and DVDs and he became one of the most widely performing singers of his period. During the past few years he has expanded his artistic universe by directing stage productions that are remarkable for their daring innovation. In April, audiences at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo were able to appreciate his work with electrically charged performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia. Now, Rolando Villazón returns to Monaco for an aria recital with a varied repertoire. He will be accompanied by the recently founded Swiss Orchestra whose primary mission is to high-light Swiss symphonic music. Conducted by their music director, Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer, the orchestra will be an attentive partner for the Mexican tenor.

Artists
Conductor | Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer
Tenor | Rolando Villazón
Swiss Orchestra
Artists' biographies
Programme musical

FIRST PART

Édouard Du Puy (1770-1822)
Ouverture Ungdom og Galskap [Jeunesse et Folie] - orchestre

Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759)
«Ciel e terra armi di sdegno» air de Bajazet Tamerlano (HWV 18)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
«Va dal furor portata» (KV 21)

I. Allegro con brio Symphonie no25 en sol mineur (KV 183) - orchestre

Josef Haydn (1732-1809)
«Dov’è quell’alma audace…In un mar» air d’Orphée L’anima del filosofo (Hob. XXVIII:13)

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Méditation Thaïs - orchestre

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
L’esule Huit romances pour ténor et orchestre (arr. Luciano Berio - 1991)

 

SECOND PART

Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
«Va pour Kleinzach ! … Il était une fois à la cour d’Eisenach» air d’Hoffmann Les Contes d’Hoffmann 

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
II. Aragonaise Carmen – Suites de concert (suite no 1) - orchestre

Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982)
«Amor, vida de mi vida» romance de Rafael Maravilla

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Prélude de l’acte III Carmen - orchestre

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
«Ad una morta» (SC41)

Stanislao Gastaldon (1861-1939)
«Musica proibita» (op. 5)

Artistic teams

Conductor
LENA-LISA WÜSTENDÖRDER

Tenor
Rolando Villazón

SWISS ORCHESTRA

Premiers violons
Sherniyaz Mussakhan
Jana Ozolina
Simone Strohmeier
Isabelle Briner
Matthew Francis Robert Chambers
Ivan Zerpa
Aleksandra Ola Sendecki
David Sypniewski

Seconds violons
Eurydice Vernay
Aleksandra Andris
Mira Spengler
Anik Stucki
Virginie Raemy
Francesco Venudo
Baptiste Van de Wiele

Altos
Ladislau Cristian Andris
Dario Giuliano
Rodolfo Mijares Cotiz
Pau Planell Molist
Elia Portabales Rodriguez
Giulia Verlinghieri

Violoncelles
Daniela Roos-Hunziker
Alina Müller
Gunta Abele

Contrebasses
Marko Hristoskov
Shkodran Osmanaj
Shuko Sugama

Flûtes
Frederic Sánchez Muñóz
Anne-Lise Teruel

Hautbois
Kelsey Maiorano
Cosimo Conti

Clarinettes
Orfeas Hiratos
Nils Kohler

Bassons
Daniel Casal Mota
José Javier Romero del Rio

Cors
Alejandro Cela Camba
Miks Bankevics

Trompettes
Floris Onstwedder
Valentin François

Percussions
Mihaela Hogendoorn
Nezka Prosenjak

Harpe
Alice Belugou

A few words with Rolando Villazón

Rolando Villazón

Some words about the Opéra de Monte-Carlo…

It is a special and beautiful theatre, and it is comfortable to sing there. More importantly, there is a rare intimacy between the audience and performers because of its size. In this space you can maintain a very close connection between the staging and the music. And admittedly, it is a little surreal to enter a grand casino and arrive at a beautiful little jewel like this…

 

What are the differences between your two professions as an opera director and a singer? 

The are totally different: as a director you must create a clear universe of a production, first in your own mind, then to make it work from the point-of-view of each character. As a singer, I am aware of my own needs and those of my character, but as a director, I must also understand the requirements of my entire universe. 

 

What are you going to sing for us at your recital in Monte Carlo? 

I am proposing a journey through the lyrical tenor repertoire from the baroque era to the early 20th century. The first half of the concert contains pieces by Handel, Mozart, Haydn and Verdi, which make you understand how form and style developed gradually while remaining palpable in the music of such contrasting periods. In the second half of the evening we explore French and Spanish connections, with Offenbach serving as the pivot between the Romantic and “lighter” repertoire. One of my favourite songs by Tosti closes the evening. 

 

You sing a repertoire that ranges from the 17th century to Wagner.  Is there any field you would still like to tackle? 

I do not think in this way, really. What I need is a character or piece that kindles my excitement. It is true, that I would like to do more neoclassical or contemporary works, for instance. But at the moment I am also totally in love with Renaissance music! I feel privileged and happy with what I have done and what I am being offered to do in the future.
 

Do you prefer any of your many professions – singer, director, novelist, television presenter…?

Actually, what I love most is taking on different roles and doing what they require. Every time, it enriches and fulfills you. And the more things you do, the more you will feel experienced and secure in a new context. In the end, we play different roles all the time: at work, at home, with your children, in public. To permanently change your role is simply how our lives function.