From the polyphonies of the Iberian Peninsula to the sacred music of Latin America, Leonardo García Alarcón invites us to a very exciting musical journey. It reveals Spanish and Portuguese composers who have set out to…
Opera in semi-staged version
MUSIC Antonio Draghi
LIBRETTO Antonio Draghi, based on the play by Calderón CAPPELLA MEDITERRANEA
NAMUR CHAMBER CHOIR
MUSICAL DIRECTOR Leonardo García Alarcón
STAGING Gustavo Tambascio
In co-production with the Beaune Festival
Composed just after Messiah, Samson is deservedly, since its inception, one of Handel's most beloved works. The music is absolutely sumptuous. The choral movements will take you…
Rossini's first "comic opera", The Italian in Algiers takes place in the Algerian capital around 1810. Mustafa, bey of Algiers, is tired of his wife Elvira. He demands that his servant Haly bring him an Italian to…
A major composer in Italy at the end of the 17th century, Giovanni Paolo Colonna was appreciated and solicited by the greatests, going so far as to refuse an offer of Pope Innocent XII to become choirmaster of St.…
In the tradition of Carissimi and Handel, Falvetti’s very original music expresses the strong cross-cultural dimension of Sicily, a land blending singing from the East and West. Il Diluvio Universale, “dialogue with…
Bach intermittently worked on his Mass in B minor for more than 25 years. It is a conceptual and purely spiritual mass of gigantic dimensions, thought as the crowning of a life dedicated to sacred music. The Mass in…
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Rossini's death, the Beaune festival offers, after Italiana in Algeri, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, his most famous opera, directed by Jérémie Rhorer at the head of his orchestra Le…
Chœur de Chambre: Recordings
Alceste, ou le triomphe d’Alcide, Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
Telemann: A Portrait
SIGISMUND NEUKOMM, REQUIEM À LA MÉMOIRE DE LOUIS XV
Schütz, The Christmas Story
Roland De Lassus, Canticum Canticorum
The time of Monteverdi
Le Temple de la Gloire
Zaïs - Jean-Philippe Rameau
Velázquez and the Music of his Time
Leonardo García Alarcón Artistic director
After studying the piano in Argentina, Leonardo García Alarcón moved to Europe in 1997 for advanced studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in the harpsichord class of Christiane Jaccottet. He was a member of Ensemble Elyma, and became Gabriel Garrido’s assistant before founding his own ensemble, Cappella Mediterranea, in 2005. From 2010 to 2013, he was in residence at the Centre Culturel de Rencontre d’Ambronay, where he is now an associate artist.
In 2010, he was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the Choeur de Chambre de Namur. In 2015, he founded the Millenium Orchestra. He is also a professor of harpsichord conducting and Baroque vocal interpretation at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève.
His discography—with Cappella Mediterranea, the Namur Chamber Choir, and Millenium Orchestra—has received widespread critical acclaim.
As a conductor and harpsichordist, he is invited to perform at festivals and concert halls the world over, including the opera houses of Montpellier, Lyon, Nantes, Rennes, and Lille; Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris; Wigmore Hall in London; and Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He has conducted the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and Freiburger Barockorchester, among others.
Since its first modern performance under his direction in 2011, Falvetti’s Il diluvio universale has been heard all over Europe, with concerts scheduled in 2016 and 2017 at the Vienna Konzerthaus and venues in Versailles and Geneva.
Following the success of Cavalli’s Elena at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2013, Leonardo García Alarcón also has been invited to appear at international opera houses, including the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, Opéra national de Paris, and Dutch National Opera and Ballet in Amsterdam.
In 2017, he will conduct three of Cavalli’s operas: Giasone in Geneva, Erismena in Aix-en-Provence, and Eliogabalo in Amsterdam. He also will lead Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Europe this spring, before taking it on tour to South America next fall.