Love and its adversities are the themes of Patricia Petibon’s concert at the Vienna State Opera on June 4. Under the title Desperate Lovers, the internationally acclaimed coloratura soprano joins countertenor Tim Mead and Le Concert d’Astrée under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm in a programme of Handel arias. Patricia Petibon’s aria performances are considered fireworks of intimate vocal art, so it is unsurprising that the emotional intensity of the music finds a particularly physical expression here.
In Salzburg, Cecilia Bartoli has invited the leading baroque singers of our time to perform a gala concert entitled Farinelli & Friends. During this vocal summit meeting, Patricia Petibon will walk in the footsteps of the great castrati in arias of Handel and Rameau.
Finally, Zurich witnesses Patricia Petibon’s search for the mysterious sound of Ravel’s orchestral song cycle Shéhérazade on two evenings. Accompanied by Kent Nagano and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the French soprano evokes the melodies of far-away continents in these settings of poems by Tristan Klingsor, full of the sensual yearning of the fin-de-siècle.