« Energy “, “Collective”, ” Home “, “Sharing”… In the words of François Delagoutte, director of the Cité de la Voix (labeled Center national d’art vocal last July), the vocabulary is explicit: after long months of uncertainty, it is time, with prudence but determination, of “Rediscover the presence of artists and the public”.
The cancellation of the 21it is Musical meetings, expected at the end of August, were of course ” a blow “ and, if it is already planned for the summer of 2021, the City of the Voice – installed in the former hospital of Vézelay since 2010 – orchestrates from this weekend three days rich in discoveries and unprecedented dialogue between various artistic traditions. The choice of Heritage Days is highly symbolic, in the village of Yonne crowned by one of the most admirable basilicas in the world. The more so as the facade and the narthex of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine have regained their splendor and their pure harmony after a vast campaign of restoration.
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“We called on interpreters who are faithful or more recently associated with the City”, continues François Delagoutte, drawing attention to the opening program dedicated to the Guerrières d’Orient. “These mythical, terrible and magnificent female figures shine in the baroque cantatas as in the traditional songs of the Mediterranean basin. The Agamemnon ensemble imagined to cross styles, to call upon oriental instruments like the chofar (cor) and the sit down (hautbois). »
Songs from the Renaissance to Boby Lapointe
Another female face than that of this “Young nonnette” including Jean Tubéry and his ensemble La Fenice will retrace the peregrinations beyond the borders of the kingdom of France, between worldly fever and spiritual aspirations. Soprano Camille Joutard will embody this intrepid who plays with geographical and cultural borders.
“We are also very keen on the project imagined by the vocal trio Musica Humana, composed of Yann Rolland, countertenor, Martial Pauliat, tenor, and Igor Bouin, baritone”, rejoices François Delagoutte. From Renaissance songs to Boby Lapointe, they concoct a show directed by Corinne Benizio (aka Shirley, from the duo Shirley and Dino), “Which will invite itself to the villages of the region during the traditional lottery sessions, very popular fun and friendly meetings”.
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And if you can’t take the path to Vézelay, the City of the Voice offers to taste this Sunday, September 20, on its website, the Variations Goldberg by Bach. Under the fingers of harpsichordist Paolo Zanzu, they were filmed on August 24 in the narthex of the basilica. “A moment of meditation and grace which responds many years later to the recording of Cello suites of the same Bach by Mstislav Rostropovich ”, evokes François Delagoutte.