Chœur de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux in concert June 22, 2015
Composed of forty permanent artistes, the Chœur de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux since 1940 has been directed in turn by Roger Lemoyne, Gérard Winkler, Alain Housset, Philippe Molinié, Michel Tranchant, Gunter Wagner, Jacques Blanc and Alexander Martin (2010-2014). Salvatore Caputo was appointed director of the Chœur de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux on November 3, 2014. He is seconded by Philippe Molinié (assistant director), Martine Marcuz (singing director) and Céline Da Costa (stage director). Besides the very many lyrical performances, the choir has been associated with a number of global creations – La Main de Gloire by J. Françaix, Les Saisons by H. Sauguet, Sampiero Corso by H. Tomasi, Montségur by M. Landowski, Les Rois by Fénelon, Genitrix by László Tihanyi, Slutchaï by Oscar Strasnoy, La Lettre des sables, Christian Lauba – and the nationwide or local premieres of Ivan IV, Christopher Columbus (with the Compagnie Renaud-Barrault directed by P. Boulez), Jeanne au Bûcher, Peter Grimes…
A program of excellence
Since 1990, the Chœur de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux has participated in a number of particularly striking productions (Don Carlos, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Idomeneo, La Vie parisienne, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Der fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Jenufa…) and performed at symphonic concerts given by the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine (Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Mahler’s 2nd and 3rd symphonies…). The choir has also performed in a number of other productions like « La Fiancée du Tsar (Théâtre du Châtelet, 2003), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Chorégies d’Orange, 2005) Oedipe d’Enescu (Toulouse, October 2008), Les Brigands (Grand-Théâtre de Luxembourg, 2009), Der fliegende Holländer (Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Etienne, 2009), Semiramide (Opéra de Montpellier, 2010), Les Indes galantes with the Talens Lyriques in a concert version (Concertgebouw de Bruges, London’s Barbican Center March 2014). Each season, the choir also gives concerts in and around Bordeaux and on tour, together with workshops and concerts for younger audiences.
Today’s director of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Salvatore is a piano graduate from the Salerno academy and a student of chamber music, harmony, choral and orchestral direction. This season at the Bordeaux opera, he is preparing the choir for three operas – La Bohème (Sept. 2014), Tristan und Isolde (April 2015), and Norma (May 2015) together with participations in The Damnation of Faust (March 2015) and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (June 2015).