The Fighting of Tancredi and Clorinda

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November 2020

Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, inspired by Jerusalem Delivered by Tasso is a magnificent illustration of the art of Monteverde. A theatre in miniature, the work is a unique synthesis of the madrigal and opera. Monteverdi's aim was to illustrate three fundamental "moods" (anger, moderation, humility) through a new musical language. And the result is dazzlingly poetic and inventive. The pieces gathered by Magdalena Kožená around this "founding" Combat are a very representative anthology of the Italian music of this innovative Italian seicento and two modern pieces, but which are in perfect resonance with their elders, Luciano Berio's La Sequenza III where here the parlando becomes whispered and a piece by the Czech Zdenek Zouhar.

Program and cast


Magdalena Kožená | mezzo-soprano

La Cetra - Barockorchester Basel
Andrea Marcon | direction and harpsichord


Ucellini, Aria Quinta above the Bergamasque at three

Monteverdi, "Despised Queen", aria from The Coronation of Poppea
Merula, Sonata XXIV, Thumb Dance
Monteverdi, "Farewell Rome! Farewell Patria! Farewell friends! ", air from the Coronation of Poppaea  
Castle, Sonata XV a quattro
Berio, Sequence III, for female voice
Zouhar, Ariana has a problem (commande)
Marini, Passacaglio four

Sung in Italian with French and English subtitles

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées is undoubtedly one of the finest venues in Paris . Built in 1913 , it has the distinction of having been designed by a group of artists architects Henry Van de Velde and Auguste Perret , the painter and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle , the painter Maurice Denis , and the crystal- René Lalique to do mention the main ones . He was the first Parisian theater to be built entirely of reinforced concrete.


Restoration of the Great Hall devoted to operatic performances , symphony concerts and dance was decided in 1985. Two years later , on 23 September 1987, the theater reopened its doors , completely renovated. Fifteen years after this important work it was decided to undertake a new renovation campaign , but to prevent the complete closure of the theater for an entire season , work is now carried by step during the summer . Then it is to replace aging equipment , to remedy wear certain parts of the theater and improve spectator comfort and artists during their visit . Thus in recent years, including the work involved the renovation of marble facade, replacing the carpet in the room with wooden floors , installation of a new fully decorated wooden concert to a significant improvement of acoustics, the orchestra pit and stage below .


The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées is now a modern working tool receiving each year nearly 300,000 spectators and a few thousands of artists and collaborators.


The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées , the jewel of French architecture of the twentieth century, was in 1953 one of the first buildings of contemporary architectural heritage to be classified as historic monuments . Since 1970 the Caisse des Dépôts owns the entire building 15 avenue Montaigne and principal patron of the theater.


For over a century, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées has been the place where the most celebrated artists have come to make their names in Paris. The world’s finest orchestras and world-class soloists have always been a fixture at the Theatre. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées presents more than 200 concerts each year and is renowned for its outstanding performances of all genres, from classical music concerts and staged opera to contemporary dance and jazz.


How to reach us:

Subway: Alma-Marceau (line 9), Franklin D.Roosevelt (line 1), Pont de l’Alma (RER line C)

Bus: n° 42, 63, 72, 80, 92
Taxi station: Place de l’Alma, corner of avenue George V
Car park: Alma George V. The entrance is in front of n° 19, avenue George V
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