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1 May 2017

Chefs-d’œuvre lyriques

Pluie d’étoiles et déluge d’émotions au Verbier Festival. La 24e édition propose trois rendez-vous lyriques d’exception : Salomé dirigée par Charles Dutoit (21 juillet), Elektra interprétée par Esa-Pekka-Salonen (27 juillet), ainsi qu’Eugène Onéguine de Tchaikovsky par les jeunes chanteurs de l’Academy (6 août). Trois opéras en version de concert. Trois événements.

On serait bien en peine d’expliquer les raisons de l’extrême fascination que provoque l’opéra. Synthèse harmonieuse des arts, l’opéra est surtout un spectacle total avec des personnages “bigger than life” pour une débauche d’émotions affichées sans aucune pudeur. Dans le cas de Salomé et d’Elektra, les dimensions atteignent des proportions mythologiques. Inspirée d’une pièce d’Oscar Wilde, Salomé est une terrible histoire d’inceste, d’érotisme et de nécrophilie. Mais c’est sans compter la fulgurante musique de Richard Strauss d’une puissance continue d’1h45 (sans entracte) qui annonce le cinéma moderne. Quatre ans plus tard en 1909, le compositeur allemand renoue avec le poète Hugo van Hoffmanstahl pour un ouvrage encore plus violent. Basé d’après la mythologie grecque, Elektra offre une saisissante intrigue de parricide, de vengeance et de folie.

Ces deux bombes lyriques, et jalons essentiels du 20ème siècle, sont présentés ici dans deux distributions exceptionnelles. Pour la soirée d’ouverture le 21 juillet, le chef Charles Dutoit a réuni autour de lui des chanteurs avec lesquels il a déjà travaillé : l’allemande (et triomphatrice du rôle à Vienne et à Prague) Gun-Brit Barkmin en Salomé, ainsi que Jane Henschel, Egils Silins, Gerhard Siegel. Le 27 juillet, Elektra sera donnée par le grand chef visionnaire Esa-Pekka Salonen, interprète d’une version de légende qui a triomphé à la Scala de Milan, aux côtés du trio Lise Lindstrom (Elektra), Anna Larsson (Clytemnestre), Ingela Brimberg (Chrysotémis).

Le 8 août enfin, les jeunes chanteurs de l’Academy proposeront une version mise en espace d’Eugène Onéguine de Tchaikovsky.  Nul doute que les jeunes solistes auront à coeur d’en découdre avec un ouvrage, fleuron du lyrisme slave, interprété à sa création, le 29 mars 1879, par les jeunes étudiants du Conservatoire de Moscou. Pour diriger cette équipe, le chef russe Stanislav Kochanovsky viendra apporter son talent et sa longue expérience internationale.

Le Verbier Festival donne rendez-vous à tous les amateurs d’opéra !

Billetterie chefs-d’oeuvre lyrique

Gun-Brit Barkmin (©Florian Kalotay)

Gun-Brit Barkmin (©Florian Kalotay)

10 March 2017

Look who’s joined the Verbier Generation!

Verbier Festival Academy musicians are part of a bustling, creative atmosphere that is unique to the Verbier Festival. This summer, 46 pianists, violinists, violists, cellists and singers, aged 14 to 30, have been chosen from 18 countries to join the exclusive ‘Verbier Generation’.

The Verbier Festival Academy is a leader in identifying, encouraging and nurturing tomorrow’s exceptional soloists, chamber musicians and singers through creative exchange with a who’s who of today’s leading musicians, music educators and industry professionals. The Academy is equally committed to developing careers that reach beyond the concert hall in engaging and meaningful ways. Verbier offers unequalled opportunities for learning, for reflection, for inspiration and for making new connections—all in the majestic setting of the Swiss Alps.

See the names of the 2017 Verbier Festival Academy musicians at: https://www.verbierfestival.com/en/musicians/

Two chamber groups will also be invited to the Academy.  Their names will be announced by 20 March.

The deadline for applications to the Academy’s Reaching Out Programme has been extended to 15 April. Visit https://www.verbierfestival.com/en/reaching-out/ for details

6 March 2017

Concerts & Accommodation

A special package has been developped with the Nevaï Hôtel and Hôtel Montpelier. This a all-in price for 3 nights in one of the hotel and 4 full days of concerts (up to 7 concerts of your choice included). The two periods offered are from the 23 to 26 July and from the 30 July to 2 August 2017.

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Tuesday 25 July
Wednesday 26 July

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Sunday 30 July
Monday 31 July
Tuesday 1 August
Wednesday 2 August

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3 January 2017

Concert de Noël à Verbier

Gallery of the Christmas Concert at the Church in Verbier

7 November 2016

Check back on 6 December when we unveil the new season !

The 24rd Verbier Festival takes place from 21 July to 6 August 2017.

The programme will be announced on 6 December 2016 and tickets will go on sale on 14 December 2016 for the general public and on 6 December for the Friends of the Verbier Festival.

20 October 2016

The Verbier Festival welcomes a new Director for its Academy

The Verbier Festival is delighted to announce that from 1 December 2016, Stephen McHolm will become Director of the Verbier Festival Academy (VFA) and Special Projects.

Stephen is currently Artistic Director of the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, where he has served as artistic and administrative leader since 2004. Through his role at Honens, he has directed the competition, a festival and concert series, music education and outreach programmes, and has devoted a great deal of time and energy into nurturing and developing the careers of emerging concert artists. He is also a passionate amateur pianist.

I am honoured to be named Academy Director and very much look forward to leading it in to the future, says Stephen McHolm. I see the Academy becoming an essential rite of passage for any young concert artist.

Stephen replaces Christian Thompson who, over the last twelve years, has enabled the VFA to become one of the world’s most important learning places for exceptional young musicians. The VFA’s reputation has been built on a commitment to excellence and creativity, an incredible faculty and a visionary approach to how young musicians can build a career in the 21st century.

14 September 2016

The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Joshua Bell on tour

Don’t miss the VFCO and Joshua Bell’s concerts this autumn!

This autumn, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (VFCO), with Joshua Bell on violin and conducting and with the Swiss soprano Regula Muhlemann, performs in several Swiss towns under the auspices of the Migros-Pour-cent-culturel-Classics tour.

Migros-Pour-cent-culturel-Classics has developed a whole programme of concerts to make classical music accessible to a large audience by presenting celebrated orchestras, famous conductors and soloists from all over the world.  This year, the Chamber Orchestra and the violinist Joshua Bell have been invited to open this series of concerts with four dates:  at L’Heure Bleue, Chaux-de-Fonds (20 October – 8.15 pm), Victoria Hall, Geneva (21 October – 8 pm ), Tonhalle,  Zurich (22 October – 7.30 pm) and Kultur Casino, Berne (23 October – 7.30 pm).

On the programme: Mozart’s  Exsultate Jubilate with Regula Muhlemann, Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin in E minor op.64 & Beethoven’s Symphony N° 7.

More information on Pour-cent-culturel

6 September 2016

The Verbier Festival Survey

After this beautiful 23rd edition, we would like now to hear your impressions, your opinions and find out more about you: in order to continue to improve your time at the Festival and let you enjoy the most wonderful of musical experiences.

Here is an online questionnaire to fill in (in French). Thank you for taking the time to complete it and for helping us to build the Festival of tomorrow.

24 August 2016

Verbier Festival Academy concerts at the Septembre Musical

Discover some of the most promising soloists of our time at the occasion of the Septembre Musical 2016:

  • On 1 September at Hôtel des Trois Couronnes, Vevey (8pm) : piano recital with George Li (Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt) > book
  • On 4 September at Château de Chillon (8pm) : cello recital with Andrei Ioniță alongside pianist Naoko Sonoda (Locatelli, Brahms, Tchaïkovsky, Debussy and Franck). Andrei was the First Prizewinner at Tchaïkovsky Competition 2015 > book

More about Septembre Musical

3 August 2016

Joshua Weilerstein replaces Emmanuel Krivine

Emmanuel Krivine is indisposed and regrettably has had to withdraw from his appearance at the Verbier Festival. He is replaced by Joshua Weilerstein, Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. The programme and the soloists remain unchanged: they perform Bizet’s Symphony no. 1, as well as Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto no. 3 and Piano Concerto no. 2. This unforgettable evening is further enhanced by the presence of the famous violinist, and regular performer at the Verbier Festival, Joshua Bell, as well as the extraordinary, young pianist, George Li, former member of the Verbier Festival Academy (VFA), silver medallist at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky competition and winner of the prestigious 2014 International Competition “Grand Prix Animato” in Paris.