In the founder’s lifetime, the Fondation des Treilles hosted young musicians with their professors during internships. At the end of each session, they organised concerts in the music room (today’s conference room, which has an Imperial Bösendorfer).
Wanting to reconnect with this musical tradition, the Fondation des Treilles has created an Académie de la Voix, a Voice Academy, whose role is to offer a place and institutional support to young professionals, helping them perfect not only vocal technique but also performing arts.
The second masterclass will be held from 29 October to 4 November 2018 on the theme: Mozart and Da Ponte.
In 1783, Mozart was finally established in Vienna. The triumph of his Entführung aus dem Serail had just given the German troupe of the capital its legitimacy and fame. When suddenly the emperor changes his mind. As popular as it is, the German Singspiel is not prestigious enough for such a glorious court. Thus, Joseph II founds an Italian opera buffa company, supervised by the compositor Antonio Salieri…
… where Mozart yet again hopes for success. But the story slows down. Two attempts fail, and it is not until three years later that he gets the troupe to perform a work of his.
What a masterpiece! It is his Nozze di Figaro that he manages to give to the Burgtheater on the 1 May 1786, while the Mariage de Figaro by Beaumarchais remains prohibited in Vienna. Not quite as successful as the Serail, but still resounding enough for the emperor to edict a special rule: the encore on ensembles became illegal! Only arias could be sung twice if the clapping demanded it.
It’s that the rivals in melody – the Paisiello, the Cimarosa, the Salieri – enchant the public, while nobody, neither before or after, could rival with the dazzling duos, trios, sextets and finales of the Figaro.
In this field, Mozart can thank his muse, but also the poet who made this miracle possible: the abbot Lorenzo Da Ponte, cooperative and inspired librettist who, like him, possesses the magical gift of banishing the borders between buffo and seria, between large and small, between game and life.
After the founding Figaro, the partners would together create Don Giovanni (Prague 1787) and finally Così fan tutte (Vienna 1790), trio of masterpieces unique in its density, its diversity, its cruelty, its simple truth.
It is to this bottomless triptych that the second edition of our Académie de la Voix will be devoted to, under the supervision of Dame Felicity Lott, who knows these characters, this singing and these feelings better than anyone; of Julien Benhamou, director of casting and of artistic coordination of the Opéra National de Bordeaux; of Alain Perroux, director of artistic administration of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; and of Ivan Alexandre, musicologist, producer and director of the Académie de la Voix.
The trips, accommodation and meals of the professors and their students will be taken care of by the Fondation des Treilles.
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