Feb 18, 2008

Festival de Radio France - summer 2008

July 14 -> 31, 2008

The Festival has announced its schedule for this summer (online booking available on March 3).
Amongst the things to miss, are Purcell's King Arthur (when two clowns like Shirley and Dino that have no talent try to stage an opera, it's rarely anything but atrocious) and Pergolese's Salustia.

La Esmeralda from Louise Bertin (libretto by Victor Hugo, 1841) could have been interesting, but it's a concert version with unknown (or bad) singers, as well as Ildebrando Pizzetti's Fedra (same problems).

The only evenings noticeable are the piano recitals of Christian Zacharias (Haydn, Schumann, Scarlatti) on July 21st and Aldo Ciccolini (Clementi, Czerny, Beethoven) on July 24, as well as the concert of the Orchestre National de France on July 30 directed by Danielle Gatti (Prokofiev, Stravinsky).

Oh, and did I mention the July 31st concert?
Natalie Dessay is back in Montpellier for the first time in 16 years and will sing alongside Jonas Kaufman duos from the French and Italian repertoire...

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