Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon

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Country and Region FranceLanguedoc-Roussillon
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Festival Contact Information

Festival de Radio France et Montpellier
Le Corum
BP 9214
34043 Montpellier cedex 1, France
Phone: (33) 1-56-40-44-44
Fax: (33) 4-67-61-66-82
Email: contact@festivalradiofrancemontpellier.com

Festival Description

The Festival of Radio France and Montpellier was created in 1985 on the initiative of Radio France and the Town of Montpellier with the intent to offer an array of musical choices to appeal to all audiences. Traditionally blended music with the unexpected is what the festival is all about. It is one of the biggest music festivals in France with other 150 concerts. This year’s festival will take place not only in Montpellier, but also in many other cities throughout the region Languedoc-Roussillon. This important event will allow us to listen to great musicians, such as the famous pianists Boris Berezovsky, Waltraud Meier and so on. But although the Festival focuses on classical music, others are present. Reggae, techno, electroacoustic, jazz and world music are a very imporant part of the program. Most of concerts are free of charge.

Festival Dates July 12 - 30, 2010
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Festival Story:

In 2009 the Radio France – Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon Festival is celebrating its 25th edition. As a veiled reference to this anniversary, Sergei Edelmann, who was the first Young Soloist in 1985, will be back again as a guest on 13 July. 
This pianist announces many other artists who do us the honour and, above all, attest to their friendship, by their presence: Evgeny Kissin, Maria João Pires, Marius Brenciu, Aldo Ciccolini, Brigitte Engerer, Nicola Beller Carbone, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, HK Gruber, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Kniazev, Silvia Marcovici…

Ever an explorer of the musical universe, this year the Festival proposes the discovery of Bellini’s Zaira, inspired by Voltaire’s tragedy, with the heroine interpreted by the magnificent Ermonela Jaho; Offenbach’s La Haine, a dramatic scene with a quartet of exceptional actors (Fanny Ardant, Gérard Depardieu, Dörte Lyssewski and Farida Khelfa); Manfred Gurlitt’s 3 Political Speeches for baritone and male chorus, a fascinating manuscript score entrusted to me by his widow; Handel’s Ezio after Metastasio, in an eagerly-awaited concert version; Marie-Antoinette, conceived and directed by Jean-Paul Scarpitta and portrayed by Natacha Régnier on music that was so loved by the unfortunate queen; and Friederike, an opera by Franz Lehár on the interrupted loves of Goethe and Frédérique Brion.
Other sublime voices will mark this musical exploration in 2009: Waltraud Meier in Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Vesselina Kasarova in a programme devoted in part to Haydn and Mozart.

The journey will also visit more contemporary regions with the world premiere of Daniel Teruggi’s Parole perdue, interpreted by actress Emmanuelle Laborit and the voice of Guillaume Depardieu, the whole directed by Jean-Claude Fall, in co-production with the National Audiovisual Institute/Musical Research Group (INA/GRM). This year, the faithful ensembles accompanying this 25th edition—the Orchestre National de France, the Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon and the Latvian Radio Chorus—will be joined by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, Basel Chamber Orchestra and Europa Galante. 
Finally, the Festival will criss-cross the Languedoc-Roussillon region from the Catalan Pyrenees to the Cévenol Mountains, in particular, spending a full day in Narbonne. The complete programme will present all the 2009 events, in particular the Young Soloist concerts, chamber music, jazz, electronic and world music, and the Rencontres de Pétrarque along with a few additional dates…


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  • In order of appearance—
    • Poster by “L’oeil écoute/Inflammable M09” by Peter Klasen
    • Fabio Biondi ©Marc Ginot
    • Choeur Radio Lettone by ©Haydur Yesilyurt
    • Ermonela Jaho by ©Fadil Berisha
    • Evgeny Kissin by ©Sasha Gusov
    • Amphitheatre O by ©Luc Jennepin
    • Emmanuel Krivine by ©Luc Jennepin
    • Place l’Europe by ©Marc Ginot
    • Opera Comedie by ©Marc Ginot


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