On July 17 and 18, the 6th Kurzeme-Zemgale Duke Kettler Music and Art Festival “Vivat Curlandia!” Nine vivid events are planned for the two days, including Antonio Sartorio’s opera “Orpheus” by candlelight. Maris Kupčs, the artistic director and conductor of the 17th-century Italian theater production, admits that this will be the premiere of Sartorio’s Orpheus in Latvia.
Conductor Māris Kupčs tells in the Latvian Radio program “Kultūras rondo” that the number of concerts at this year’s festival is exactly the same as in previous years. It is even more colorful. “Vivat Curlandia!” In the first hours there will be a concert for children “Ancient Musical Instruments”. Not only musicians will take care of a special mood, but also a baroque dance choreographer, a master of historical costumes and a set designer. This will be followed by a concert “Tre donne belle” by the medieval (this time Renaissance) music ensemble Alla Francesca, chanted by Kupč. He adds:
“This is the official opening concert, which we present as one of the best concerts of that day [..]. This group is world famous. They are the top in their field. ”
The concert will delight another French musician – the winner of the Lithuanian International Harpsichord Competition “Sigismundus Lauxmin 2020”, who was superior to other contestants. Before coming to Lithuania to perform the duties of the jury, the conductor had already decided that the winner of the competition would be invited to participate in the festival of early music and art in Bauska. The program of the July 17 concert “Solitudes” will feature French harpsichord music, which Francophile Kupch is, of course, pleased about.
In the evening of the same day, a performance of Antonio Sartorio’s opera “Orpheus” (1672) by candlelight, and at night – a collaboration between a Dutch recorder virtuoso and a Lithuanian sound artist in the concert “Anachronism”. Commenting on the opera, its conductor and artistic director say that this will probably be the first time in Latvia that we will hear the unusual, Spanish-colored Italian composer Sartorio’s “Orpheus”: “It’s not just an opera. It’s hard to say which is more dominant – or that comedy that is completely unrelated to Orpheus and that is in the spirit of Mexican series. [..] The main thing is that it is very funny.
I think we have staged it perfectly – by candlelight, with historical gestures. You have to see it! ”
On July 18, several more events are expected, and in three of them – in the concert of young talents, in the concert of “Neymann Ensemble” Dulčiana. Music from 17th century Italy and Germany ”, as well as the closing concert“ E vivere, e morire ”- free entrance. The Fabella Ensemble will give its concert in the afternoon, based on chants from the 1621 Geistliche Catholische Gesänge by Georg Elger.
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