For its 37th edition the festival offers : 8 operas and oratorios and 4 recitals
>Handel will once again open the festival with three new great lyric productions. Considered as significant milestone in his personal life and the evolution of his musical language : Saul, his first great dramatic oratorio composed in 1739 and based on an emotional and colorful libretto that inspired Handel to an outstanding music of strong conviction. The new conductor Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, invited for the Handel oratorio cycle, will conduct this oratorio. Serse, composed in 1783, right before Saul, is one of the few operas to be considered as an opera buffa since it includes comic elements. The marvelous opening immediately leads to the aria “Ombra mai fù”, one of the most famous larghetto, sung by Persian king Serse. The opera is conducted by Italian conductor Ottavio Dantone. The Dixit Dominus is Handel’s most successful motets composed in Rome in 1707, at the age of 22. An example of Handel’s astounding capacity to assimilate the Italian style, which he later reuses in his English oratorios. Paul Agnew conducts this Dixit Dominus accompanied by William Christie’s Arts Florissants of which we are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their creation and the 35th year of their presence in Beaune Festival. “Bon anniversaire Cher William Christie et Chers Arts Florissants ! Merci pour tous les concerts inoubliables que vous nous avez offerts”.
> In the fascinating French music cycle, 2 new productions: Lully’s Isis, his 5th lyric tragedy, composed one year after Atys in 1677 and conducted by Christophe Rousset accompanied by his Talents Lyriques. Lecerf de la Viéville said “this is the most savant of Lully’s operas for which he took infinite punishment.” Rarely performed this work inspired Purcell who used the awesome and fascinating “Tremolos choir” (act 4) in the famous frost scene in his The King Arthur (which will be conducted by Paul McCreesh on the closing evening of the festival). Les Indes Galantes, the first of Rameau’s opera-ballet that brought new life to the genre, as the opera’s architecture has changed. Different themes and different styles (dramatic for The Generous Turk, tragic for The Incas of Peru and comic for The Savages). The opera achieved great success and was performed 320 times at the Académie Royale in Paris. A young and talented new conductor in residence, Valentin Tournet, aged 22, accompanied by his ensembles of La Chapelle Harmonique, will conduct The Amorous Indies.