10/8/2013, Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague
La Cetra Barockorchester Basel
The French versatile soprano Patricia Petibon’s newest CD and Prague concert will take us to the New World – she will perform English, French, Spanish and Latin-American Baroque songs and arias.
The soprano Patricia Petibon was born in Montargis, France. Already interested in the piano and fine arts as a child, she earned a bachelor’s degree in musicology at the Paris Conservatoire and then went on to study singing there with Professor Rachel Yakar, graduating with a first prize in 1995. She was discovered by the acclaimed American conductor and harpsichordist William Christie and consequently often worked with his orchestra Les Arts Florissants, appearing with Christie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, La Scala in Milan, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the Wigmore Hall in London. She has also appeared with other preeminent conductors including Fabio Biondi, Charles Dutoit, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marc Minkowski, Sir Roger Norrington and Christophe Rousset. Patricia Petibon has been awarded three Victoires de la musique classique – as “Best Young Talent” in 1998 and as “Best Opera Singer” in 2001 and 2003.
In 2008 Patricia Petibon signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon. Her debut album, Amoureuses – arias by Mozart, Haydn and Gluck with Concerto Köln and Daniel Harding –, was released in autumn 2008 and won 2009’s BBC Music Magazine Award for “Best Opera Album”. 2010 sees the release of her recording Rosso, an album of Italian Baroque arias accompanied by the Venice Baroque Orchestra and conducted by Andrea Marcon while 2011 brought about the third recording: Melancolía which contains Spanish arias and song. The soprano is accompanied by Orquesta Nacional de España and Josep Pons, conductor. So far the latest release is a CD of English, French, Spanish and Latin-American baroque songs and arias titled Nouveau Monde (with La Cetra and Andrea Marcon). Her DVDs include A Mozart Gala from Salzburg and a complete recording of Berg’s Lulu from Barcelova.
Apart from her Europian concert tour with the project Nouveau Monde – together with the prize-winning La Cetra Barockorchester Basel –, her engagements within this season include stage appearances in Verdi’s Rigoletto (Bavarian State Opera in Munich) and Mozart’s Lucio Silla (Grand Teatre del Liceu Barcelona).