(Trois-Rivieres) This Sunday that the head of the Trois-Rivieres Symphony Orchestra Jacques Lacombe will debut as principal conductor of the Opera Bonn, Germany. He will lead the first of five performances of the opera Holofernes, Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek of.
Maestro Lacombe was appointed principal conductor of the Bonn Opera in August, for a term of two years beginning with the 2016-2017 season. He officially took office in April, and began rehearsals for Holofernes on 18 April.
For each of the productions he has directed the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the orchestra in residence at the Theater Bonn, which has among others an opera programming in addition to other types of shows.
Always rational and also asked the chef seemed very Zen when joined in Bonn on Friday before another repetition. He feels the pressure for this first show in his new role? “I do not think that at all,” he replied without hesitation.
“I’m here to do my job. I’m in the pit and I run the the best musicians! This is a very special work, created in 1923 and never given back afterwards. It is a mixture of styles …, “he added by redirecting the conversation about music.
Holofernes was inspired by the biblical story about Holofernes, general of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and the Jewish heroine Judith. Maestro Lacombe boasts the talent of two singers who embody the main characters, while not failing to emphasize the strength of all the other singers and the choir.
Trifluvian leader also has good words about the first contacts with the musicians of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn who welcomed.
“Work is a bit special, because the orchestra has more than 100 musicians, but in the pit, there will be between 70 and 75. Sometimes there are replacements, these are not always the same musicians playing but you still have all the result, “he says.
Maestro Lacombe noted that as the heart of several orchestras, the musicians of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn from several countries. Communication is in German, a language mastered by Jacques Lacombe that it was particularly plunged during his studies in Vienna.
The leader will direct four productions for the Bonn Opera next season, beginning with Puccini’s La Bohème in September. Follow Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti, Britten’s Peter Grimes and Tosca by Puccini, for a total of thirty performances.
In February and March 2017, he will also lead the opera Faust by Gounod in Berlin, where he works regularly.
Invited to locate the Bonn Opera among others Germany including those in Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt, the head evokes a volume of slightly less activity for the Bonn Opera and for that of Berlin, for example. “In Berlin, we play every night, while in Bonn, this is perhaps two or three times a week,” he illustrates.
The Bonn Opera devotes much of its programming to German composers and rarely performed works including Holofernes, revisited from Sunday by Jacques Lacombe and his team, in a staging that the chef calls “original enough “. The show will be on view May 29, 2, 18 and 24 June and 3 July.
9, 11 and 12 June, Jacques Lacombe will give his last concert at the head of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra before leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival on 8, 9 and 10 July, and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Australia in August.
He will return to the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivieres panel for the inaugural concert of its 11th season on 17 September.