For the “Massenet, a must!” cycle, organized by Palazzetto Bru Zane, the concert “From salon to the stage” is staged on Saturday October 1, 2022 at the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice.
Mastering the art of vocal composition was the ultimate goal of musical education in France: studies at the Paris Conservatoire were geared to achieving that final stage of theoretical knowledge, and candidates for the Prix de Rome were assessed on their ability to produce such a work, in the form of a cantata.
The emphasis on vocal music may be explained by the high prestige in France of opera and opéra-comique, which in Jules Massenet’s time also extended to oratorio and the mélodie. Eager to explore areas other than the stage, his generation took to the concert hall and the salon with the same dedication and a desire to achieve nobility of style in every genre.
The artists of the concert are:
- Gabrielle Philiponet, soprano
- Marie Kalinine, mezzo-soprano
- Artavazd Sargsyan, tenor
- Philippe-Nicolas Martin, baritone
- Thomas Tacquet, piano
Schedule: October 1, 2022