Festival Bach Montréal presents

Valer Sabadus & Pallade Musica

The excellent musicians of Montreal’s own Pallade Musica are well-known for their elegant performances of baroque repertoire. For this sparkling program of instrumental and vocal fireworks they team up with virtuoso Romanian countertenor Valer Sabadus, one of the world’s best and most recent recipient of the Handel Prize of the city of Halle.

Valer Sabadus, countertenor

Valer Sabadus came to international fame in 2012 for his outstanding interpretation of the role of Semira in Leonardo Vinci’s opera ‘Artaserse’ at the opera houses in Nancy, Lausanne and Cologne, the Theater an der Wien, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Opéra Royal de Versailles, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. The production also appeared on CD and DVD, and won countless prizes. In the same year, German music critics awarded him a prize for his solo CD ‘Hasse Reloaded’ (OehmsClassics). In addition, he reaped considerable international acclaim as Menelao in Francesco Cavalli’s rediscovered opera ‘Elena’ at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Valer Sabadus began his vocal training at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich under Prof. Gabriele Fuchs at the age of 17, and graduated in 2013 with distinction as a member of the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding, specialising in Musical Theatre. His first appearance at the Handel Festival in Halle was in the title role of Rinaldo with the Lautten Compagney in 2011. Other engagements have taken him to the opera house in Cologne in the title role of Leucippo (Johann Adolph Hasse), to the Staatsoper Berlin, the Semperoper Dresden and the Opéra Royal de Versailles.

In addition to his busy life as an opera singer, the young countertenor also adores the concert and oratorio repertoire. He has performed evening recitals of lieder and arias at events such as the Lucerne Festival, the Schubertiade in Hohenems, and the ‘Winter in Schwetzingen’ Festival. He has already given solo performances at the Philharmonie concert halls in Essen and Cologne, the Frauenkirche in Dresden, the Chapelle Royale de Versailles, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, at Grafenegg Festival and at Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Valer Sabadus has frequently teamed up successfully with leading early music ensembles, including Concerto Köln, Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Hofkapelle München, the L’Arpeggiata ensemble and Il pomo d’oro.

The richly varied discography of Valer Sabadus ranges from early baroque works by Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Cavalli to Italian sacred music and opera, and contemporary works by Enjott Schneider. He has been awarded several prestigious prizes for his recordings, including the ECHO Klassik 2012 and 2015, and in 2013 he was selected by the ICMA as its Young Artist of the Year in the Vocal category

Pallade Musica
Tanya LaPerrière,violin 1
Jimin Dobson, violin 1
Sarah Bleile, violin 2
Sallynee Amawat, violin 2
Valérie Arsenault, viola
Elinor Frey, cello
Thibault Bertin-Maghit, double bass
Mary Chalk, bassoon
Esteban La Rotta, lute
Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord

Antonio Caldara (1670-1736)
Sinfonia n° 3, en fa mineur, de l’oratorio La morte d’Abel
“Quel buon pastor son io”, aria de l’oratorio La morte d’Abel

Nicola Porpora (1686-1768)
“Il piè s’allontana”, aria de la serenata  Angelica e Medoro

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Sonata à 5, in B flat major, HWV 288
“Scherza infida”, aria de l’opéra Ariodante
“Con l’ali di costanza”, aria de l’opéra Ariodante

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Sinfonia, de l’opéra L’Olimpiade
“Lo seguitai felice”, aria de l’opéra L’Olimpiade
“Gelido in ogni vena”, aria de l’opéra Farnace
Concerto Madrigalesco for strings and basso continuo in D minor, RV 129

George Frideric Handel
“Mi lusinga”, aria de l’opéra Alcina
“Crude furie”, aria de l’opéra Serse

December 1, 2021 at 7:30pm
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