Les Violons du Roy present

De Venise à Paris: la Seine en fête de Vivaldi

As the curtain rises on Les Violons du Roy’s 40th season, Jonathan Cohen is proud to present a ravishing and radiant work by a seasoned Vivaldi at the height of his career. A veritable miniature opera, La Sena festeggiante has been attracting a lot of attention in Europe in recent years. A grand allegorical celebration of Louis XV’s time, this French-style work is full of surprises, with a virtuoso bass playing the leading role!

Jonathan Cohen, conductor
Robin Johannsen, soprano

American soprano Robin Johannsen came to Europe as a young artist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and joined the company soon after as a soloist. Her roles there included Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Norina Don Pasquale, OscarUn ballo in maschera, and Soeur Constance Les dialogues des Carmélites. After two more years with Oper Leipzig (Gretel, Marzelline, Blonde, Susanna, and Pamina), she began her freelance career with a special affinity for the Baroque and Classical repertoires.

Recent and future highlights include a new production of Vivaldi’s Il Giustino at the Berliner Staatsoper under René Jacobs,  Haydn’s Schöpfung with Philippe Herreweghe and the Concertgebouworkest, Messiah with Dresdner Philharmonie under H.C. Rademann, performances with Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society under Jonathan Cohen, a solo concert with the Freiburger Barockorchester under Kristian Bezuidenhout, Bach Cantatas under Ton Koopman at the Leipzig Bach Festival, and a staged production of Graupner’sDido, Königin von Carthago at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music under Andrea Marcon. Robin is also looking forward to debuts with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, with the National Symphony Orchestra under Laurence Equilbey (Kennedy Center – Messiah), and with Les Violons du Roy under Jonathan Cohen (Montreal and Quebec) in Vivaldi’s La Sena festeggiante.

Anna Reinhold, mezzo-soprano

After studying at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMD) and the University of Vienna, Anna Reinhold made her stage debut under the direction of William Christie, as part of his academy, “Le Jardin des Voix”; this was followed by numerous engagements with Les Arts Florissants, in Europe and America.

She now collaborates regularly with many conductors and ensembles: Leonardo García Alarcón (Cappella Mediterranea), Raphaël Pichon (Pygmalion), Laurence Equilbey (Accentus and Insula Orchestra), Jonathan Cohen (Balearic Islands Simphony Orchestra, Arcangelo ensemble, Orchestre d’Auvergne), Vincent Dumestre (Le Poème Harmonique), Simon-Pierre Bestion (La Tempête), Ryan Brown (Lafayette Opera), John Butt (Edinburgh Orchestra), Josh van Veldhoven (Bachvereniging), Andrea Marcon (La Cetra Barockorchester Basel)…

She also founded the ensemble “Il Caravaggio” with harpsichordist Camille Delaforge, which can be heard in France and abroad, in French and Italian baroque repertoires.

Alex Rosen, bass

After completing his studies at the Juilliard School, Alex Rosen made his international debut with Les Arts Florissants, under the direction of William Christie, in two tours of Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Acis and Galatea. Since then, he has guarded his passion for historical performance, in projects both in Europe and back in the United States. Recently he appeared as Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera, as Cadmus and Somnus in Handel’s Semele with Opera Philadelphia, and as Jesus in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Les Arts Florissants, again under the direction of William Christie.

In the 2022/23 season, Alex embarked on a tour of Ariodante with Il Pomo d’Oro before making his debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid, as Caronte in L’Orfeo. He made further appearances with the Aix-en-Provence Festival in Versailles as Seneca L’incoronazione di Poppea, and later makes his debut with the Drottningholms Slottsteater in The Fairy Queen. Alex returns to the Basel Opera for Thomas Verstraeten’s staged production of The Creation, and appeared in concert with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Les Arts Florissants.

Alex enjoys an ongoing collaboration with pianist Michał Biel, with whom he won 2nd prize in the 2018 International Hugo Wolf Academy Competition. As laureates of the Royaumont Foundation’s Art Song Academy, they have given recitals in some of Europe’s most prominent art song venues, including the Festival Lied Victoria de los Angeles in Barcelona, and Wigmore Hall in London. Alex is a native of La Cañada, California.

A. VIVALDI, La Sena festeggiante, RV 693

Maison symphonique
Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 2:00pm

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