For its 36th edition the festival offers a program of 9 operas and oratorios and 3 recitals:
> Handel will open the festival with two new great lyric productions, rarely performed, considered as significant milestone in his career: Samson, a successful oratorio composed in 1743 after Messiah. The oratorio is conducted by a new conductor Leonardo Garcia Alarcon and his orchestra Millenium, the famous chorus Chambre de Namur and an array of singers who are familiar with Handel’s works (like Matthew Newlin, Katherine Watson or Lawrence Zazzo). Rodrigo, Handel’s first Italian opera composed at the age of 22 in Florence, when he travelled in Italy. In this opera Handel already develops an obviously Italianate, but almost personal style with a large number of marvelous arias that the composer reused in his later operas, like Radamisto, Rinaldo or his oratorio Messiah. Rodrigo is conducted by young conductor-in- residence Thibault Noally.
> We have the pleasure to welcome again Hervé Niquet with his ensembles of Concert Spirituel for their 30th anniversary. They will perform glorious Te Deum by Charpentier. Te Deum is the most famous masterpiece of Charpentier with its instrumental introduction, composed in the form of rondo with all the instruments (timpani, trumpets, oboes, flutes…). Niquet’s recording of Te Deum is often considered as a reference. Hervé Niquet invites us to a passionate discovery of Charpentier’s baroque writings.