Elsa Dreisig | soprano
Philippe Jaroussky | countertenor
Stéphane Degout | baritone
Xavier Phillips | cello
Marie-Josèphe Jude | piano
A symbolic date to celebrate women composers through the centuries.
Works by Mel Bonis, Lili et Nadia Boulanger, Cécile Chaminade, Louise Farrenc, Augusta Holmès, Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Pauline Viardot...
If playing a musical instrument was part of the education of every young girl from a good family, a career as an instrumentalist and/or composer was once "out of the ordinary". The women composers featured in this evening's concert have all had extraordinary fates. What unites them is above all a strong personality and an undeniable talent for which they often had to fight to have it recognised. Several of them were helped and encouraged by their family environment, but not all. If Pauline Viardot (1821-1910) benefited from the aura of her tenor father and above all from her famous sister La Malibran, Augusta Holmès (1847-1903) from the protection of her godfather Alfred de Vrigny as well as Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729) from that of her cousin François Couperin, others, like Mel Bonis (1858-1937), had to face many steep paths before finding recognition from their peers. Many of the works performed this evening will be new discoveries, but it is important to bring them to light. Whether through melodies or chamber pieces, these ladies of the past will be honoured this evening by singers and instrumentalists determined to put them back in the spotlight.
COPRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Festival « Un temps pour Elles »