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9/30/2024, 7:30 p.m.

Ludovic Tézier & Cassandre Berthon

Ludovic Tézier – barytone
Cassandre Berthon – soprano
Prague Symphony Orchestra
Rastislav Štúr – conductor

Our 2024 opera feast, which will be launched by three starry tenors at the beginning of the year, continues to grow. You already know about the fourth famous tenor – Benjamin Bernheim – and we were wondering if it isn't time for a baritone, too! In this vocal field, we chose to bring you the best; Ludovic Tézier, for over ten years a leading Verdi baritone on world opera stages.

However, it was a different composer who attracted Tézier to the world of opera. The singer recalled in an interview that even though he grew up in a family that loved music, they did not have enough funds for tickets to theaters. He did not visit an opera performance until the age of 13, in his native Marseille. It was Wagner's Parsifal that completely captivated the young boy: "A whole new world opened up to me...".

His first professional engagements took him to opera houses in Lucerne and Lyon, where he devoted himself mainly to the Mozart and the bel canto repertoire. Since 2010 he has gradually started to build up a reputation as the best Verdi singer. Anyone who heard his Don Carlo (La forza del destino), Amonasro (Aida), Rigoletto, Posa (Don Carlos), Luna (Il trovatore), Simon Boccanegra, etc., does not doubt for a second that this is the true Verdi voice! Teziér's repertoire also includes French, German and Russian roles, in which the singer is a guest on the world's most important stages.

In Prague, he will perform along with the French soprano Cassandre Berthon. They are partners both in life and on the stage: they often perform together in concerts (recitals in Salle Gaveau, Paris and at the Savonlinna Festival) and as well as opera performances: Verdi's Rigoletto and Massenet's Manon (Paris Opera), Massenet's Thaïs (Monte Carlo), Il trovatore (Teatro Real in Madrid), etc.

www.hilbert.de/en/artists/singers/baritone/ludovic-tezier/
www.hilbert.de/en/artists/singers/soprano/cassandre-berthon/
www.fok.cz
www.rastislavstur.sk

Program

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Crudel! Perché finora farmi languir così? (Il Conte & Susanna)
Le nozze di Figaro, Act III
Ludovic Tézier & Cassandre Berthon

Giunse alfin il momento... Deh vieni, non tardar (Susanna)
Le nozze di Figaro, Act IV
Cassandre Berthon

HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)
Hungarian March from La damnation de Faust

Voici des roses (Méphistophélès)
La damnation de Faust, Part II
Ludovic Tézier

Le spectre de la rose
from the song cycle Les nuits d’été
Cassandre Berthon

JACQUES OFFENBACH (1819–1880)
Scintille, diamant (Dapertutto)
Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Act II
Ludovic Tézier

Voilà toute la ville en fête (Elsbeth)
Fantasio, Act I
Cassandre Berthon

AMBROISE THOMAS (1811–1896)
Ô vin, dissipe la tristesse (Hamlet)
Hamlet, Act II
Ludovic Tézier

Doute de la lumière (Hamlet & Ophélie)
Hamlet, Act I
Ludovic Tézier & Cassandre Berthon

Interval

GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Overture to the opera, Guillaume Tell

Sois immobile (Guillaume Tell)
Guillaume Tell, Act III
Ludovic Tézier

GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
Volta la terrea (Oscar)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I
Cassandre Berthon

Alzati! Là tuo figlio... Eri tu che macciavi quell'anima (Renato)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III
Ludovic Tézier

Overture to the opera, La forza del destino

Ah, je meurs, l’âme joyeuse (Rodrigue)
Don Carlos, Act IV
Ludovic Tézier

Program is subject to change

Project partners

UniCredit Bank

General partner
of the concert series

Čistá Energie Zítřka

Main partner
of the concert

Benzina ORLEN

Main partner
of the concert series

Hlavní město Praha

The project is implemented with the financial support of the city of Prague.

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