panel discussion

‘Prononcer le chant français’

16 June 2017 – 7 p.m.
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Free admission

It is hardly necessary by now to demonstrate the importance of the libretto and its narration in French opera. From Gluck (and even Lully) to Poulenc, composers used every possible means to ensure that the pronunciation of the text would allow the listener to understand every word. And yet, over the past few decades, it has become increasingly difficult to follow those words. The hegemony of surtitles seems today to give material form to a kind of renunciation, at the very time when certain conductors and singers are attempting to revive the lost art of declamation. The Palazzetto Bru Zane has embarked with them on this adventure.
Here is a forum dealing with a highly polemical subject…

Panel members
Tassis Christoyannis baritone
Cyrille Dubois tenor
Hélène Guilmette soprano
Hervé Niquet conductor, music director of Le Concert Spirituel
Agnès Terrier dramaturge at the Opéra Comique
Alexandre Dratwicki musicological director of the Palazzetto Bru Zane (panel chairman)