Berlioz: Herminte / Ravel: Scheherazade - Veroniqu
GENS; AXELROD; ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DES PAYS DE LA LOIRE
Véronique Gens, soprano Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire John Axelrod, conductor Ondine is pleased to announce a new release by famous soprano Véronique Gens, who performs Herminie and Les Nuits d’été by Hector Berlioz and Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under the baton of its music director John Axelrod. Véronique Gens is internationally recognized as one of the greatest sopranos. She has made a big career with baroque repertoire and Mozart, but French repertoire, especially Berlioz and Ravel, are “as natural to her as the air that she breathes”. Her French remains a model of immaculate diction, fluid and luminous. Having a very special relationship to Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été and Herminie, Véronique Gens combines them on this release with Shéhérazade by Ravel, which conjures up a totally different world. On this CD Herminie is released the first time with Véronique Gens. The charismatic conductor John Axelrod is music director of the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire since 2009, following the philosophy of being “open to the world” by extraordinarily diverse repertoire choices and innovative programming. Also internationally he is a sought after conductor both for concerts and opera productions. Founded in 1971, the Orchestra National des Pays de la Loire, a “national” orchestra since 1996, is based in two cities, Angers and Nantes. Today about 200 concerts attract yearly 200,000 listeners, among them more than 10,000 subscribers. Biographies A prominent Baroque performer in recent years, soprano Véronique Gens has also become recognized as one of the world’s finest Mozart singers. She performed Don Giovanni in Barcelona, Madrid, Glyndebourne, Munich and Vienna, La clemenza di Tito in Dresden and Barcelona, Così fan tutte in Tokyo and Baden-Baden, Cavalli's La Calisto in Munich, Paris and London, Pelléas et Mélisande at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gluck’s Alceste in Aix-en-Provence, La finta giardiniera at the Salzburg Festival, Martin y Soler’s Il burbero di buon cuore at the Teatro Real Madrid, Rameau’s Castor et Pollux at the De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Iphigénie en Aulide at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and in Amsterdam, Iphigénie en Tauride at the Theater an der Wien, Niobe in London and Luxemburg, La veuve joyeuse in Lyon (available on DVD), Alice in Falstaff at the Baden-Baden Festival and in Nantes, Eva in a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Liceu in Barcelona and others. Her future projects include Don Giovanni in Vienna, London and Paris, Così fan tutte in Baden-Baden, Iphigénie en Aulide in Amsterdam, Il burbero di buon cuore in Barcelona, Alceste and Così fan tutte in Vienna, Falstaff in Munich, La clemenza di Tito in Brussels and Vienna, Dialogues des carmélites at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Der Freischütz at Staatsoper Berlin, Iphigénie en Tauride at the Theater an der Wien and numerous concerts and recitals. In 2006, Véronique Gens was nominated “Chevalier” by “L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”, and she has just been appointed “Chevalier” by the renowned “Légion d’honneur” in January 2011.