The Great Voices of Belgium under the sun of the East

11 days / 10 nights
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    The Great Voices of Belgium under the sun of the East

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 15 November 2019 to 25 November 2019
    11 days / 10 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Aqaba

    Ship : LE BOUGAINVILLE

    • Ref : G151119

    In partnership with the Royal Opera of Wallonia.  

    PONANT invites you on a musical cruise in partnership with the Royal Opera of Wallonia, with very special guest Alain Duault and guest of honour José Van Dam, a major personality in the opera world.

    This 11-day itinerary combining history and archaeology will take you from Greece to Jordan and will be punctuated by a masterclass run by José Van Dam, as well as performances by some of the greatest Belgian voices of our time.  

    During your cruise, Le Bougainville will visit a number of unmissable sites between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

    After your embarkation in Athens, the mythical city dominated by the Acropolis, you will discover the charming town of Nafplion, the departure point for visiting the famous Epidaurus Theatre and the Mycenae site, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

    Le Bougainville will then take you to Rhodes, whose old medieval town, built by the Knights of St John, is surrounded by ramparts. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and, like Alexandria, it was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: its famous Colossus.

    You will cross the world-famous Suez Canal, built by Ferdinand de Lesseps and widened recently to facilitate trade, avant de rejoindre Safaga, en Égypte, and Aqaba in Jordan, the end of your voyage.

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    Highlights

    • A musical cruise in partnership with the Royal Opera of Wallonia, with special guests Alain Duault, José Van Dam (guest of honour), and Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, director of the Royal Opera of Wallonia.
    • From Jordan to Greece via Egypt, take a deep-dive into history and discover wonderful archaeological sites.
    • Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis in Athens (embarkation port), the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflion), the monastery of St John and the Cave of the Apocalypse on Patmos, the ancient city of Ephesus (from Kusadasi), the gothic and medieval city of Rhodes.
    • «Exclusive treasures of Luxor»: extension possible from Safaga, to discover beautiful ancient sites (temples in Luxor, Karnak and Hatshepsut, the Valley of the Kings, the tombs of Tutankhamun, Nefertari and Seti I).
    • Private concert included in front of the Library of Celsus in Ephesus.
    • Sailing in the Red Sea.
    • Crossing the Suez Canal.

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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 2 staterooms of 27
    • 5 m² with a private balcony of 6 m² for people with reduced mobility.
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    Prestige Deck 6

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 2 staterooms of 27
    • 5 m² with a private balcony of 6 m² for people with reduced mobility.
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 4

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 6m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 3

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 6m² Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 5 Suite

    • Area : 38 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
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    Privilege Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 32 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
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    Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 40m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

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    LE BOUGAINVILLE

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bougainville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    15 November 2019 – Nafplion

    Athens

    Embarkation 15/11/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 15/11/2019 at 18H00 .

    The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

    16 November 2019 – Nafplion

    16 November 2019 – Nafplion

    Arrival 16/11/2019 early morning. Departure 16/11/2019 early evening.

    The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. For instance, you’ll see the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

    17 November 2019 – Patmos

    17 November 2019 – Patmos

    Arrival 17/11/2019 midday. Departure 17/11/2019 late evening.

    Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint-John-the-Theologian Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas. You’ll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbour and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

    18 November 2019 – Kusadasi

    18 November 2019 – Kusadasi

    Arrival 18/11/2019 early morning. Departure 18/11/2019 evening.

    The attractive seaside resort of Kusadasi is located in a gulf on the western coast of Turkey. You can bathe there in clear waters or stroll along the coastal walk, in the shade of palms. In the historical district, you can take a mosey down the narrow streets and explore the colourful shops in the bazaar. Close by, the Ephesus archaeological site in the hillsides provides an opportunity to discover the ruins of one of the most famous cities of Antiquity.

    19 November 2019 – Rhodes

    19 November 2019 – Rhodes

    Arrival 19/11/2019 late morning. Departure 19/11/2019 late afternoon.

    With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites you to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the centre of the island the mountains are covered in forest and on the western slopes we find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St John who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Do not miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches, its large walkways and its lively nightlife, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

    20 November 2019▸21 November 2019 – Crossing the Suez Canal

    20 November 2019▸21 November 2019 – Crossing the Suez Canal

    Arrival 20/11/2019. Departure 21/11/2019.

    Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956.

    22 November 2019 – Safaga

    22 November 2019 – Safaga

    Arrival 22/11/2019 midday. Departure 22/11/2019.

    23 November 2019 – Safaga

    23 November 2019 – Safaga

    Arrival 23/11/2019. Departure 23/11/2019 evening.

    24 November 2019 – Aqaba

    24 November 2019 – Aqaba

    Arrival 24/11/2019 evening. Departure 24/11/2019.

    Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.

    25 November 2019▸24 November 2019 – Aqaba

    Aqaba

    Disembarkation 25/11/2019 at 07H00 .

    Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • Egypt: Visa delivered and charged onboard (25€ to date subject to change). This visa is valid for 30 days. 

    • Jordan: A visa is mandatory (current cost 40 JOD). The visa is included for guests participating in a PONANT pre or post-cruise programme, in order to secure your visa, please send a copy of your passport to PONANT 30 days prior to your cruise departure. 

      The validity of those visas are restricted to the duration of PONANT pre and post cruise programs. Groups of tourists visiting Jordan for a minimum stay of 2 consecutive nights and arriving through Amman Airport, whose programme has been organised by a Jordanian agency, benefit of a complimentary visa on condition that they are met by the local Jordanian agency at the airport . Please note that rules and regulations regarding visa subject to change by the government without any prior notice. Guests not participating on PONANT pre or post cruise programs will have to pay for the visa at the arrival or departure airport. Double entry visas can be obtained prior to the cruise and have a validity of 3 months.

    With Royal Opera of Wallonia

    With Royal Opera of Wallonia

    From the Land of the Gods to the stamping grounds of Lawrence of Arabia, our journey will be as rich in nature as culture. In Greece, breathtaking scenery and architecture reveal the mystery of mythology and its link to history, the Ephesus site being one of the Seven Wonders of the World where one of our opera concerts will take place in front of the famous Library. Later, the banks of the Suez Canal recount the story of two cultures, Luxor remaining an impressive testimony to Ancient Egyptian civilization at its height.

     It is amidst these wonders that some of the great Belgian voices of today will ring out, led by guest of honour, “Music Master” José van Dam, a major figure on today’s opera scene. Join us for opera concerts, master classes and an interview with José van Dam, films about this great bass-baritone with commentary, and screenings of operas filmed at the Royal Opera of Wallonia, our partner for this exceptional cruise, introduced by its director. Music will be everywhere on board!

     We will be embarking with José van Dam and Royal Opera of Wallonia Director, Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, also a renowned stage director. Joining them will be three superb singers from the new generation in Belgium, soprano Isabelle Kabatu, tenor Marc Laho and baritone Lionel Lhote, accompanied by pianist and conductor Antoine Palloc

    Theme

    MUSIC

    MUSIC

    Discover the delights of our cultural cruises where music takes centre stage, combining sumptuous scenery and exceptional artistic heritages.

    A waterborne musical journey

    Whether you are a fan of instrumental classical music or opera, or you prefer jazz or Celtic melodies, why not enjoy a different and very special experience aboard a PONANT ship? Set sail for a luxury cruise combining the charms of music and the sea.

    These cultural cruises, where the tempo is set by concerts on land or at sea as well as a series of conferences, bring together music lovers and artists around a shared passion: music.

    An exceptional selection of artists*

    Aboard the ships, our guests of honour, all well-known artists, talented performers and brilliant virtuosos will share their knowledge and their passion in an accessible and intimate way.

    According to the theme of each cruise, PONANT welcomes prestigious artists, be they pianists, violinists, singers and more.

    Come and share alongside them the refined adventure of a PONANT musical cruise.

     

    *See the list of guests of honour present during your cruise in the “Guests” tab.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Alain Duault

    Alain Duault

    The novelist, poet, journalist, musicologist and radio and television presenter Alain Duault has been sharing his passion for and knowledge of classical music for more than 30 years. Considered to be one of the greatest opera specialists in France he is now President of the Prix Pelléas jury, and has been made an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.

    Alain Duault studied literature, philosophy and psycho-analysis in Paris, then musicology and piano. His first TV appearance was as a guest of Bernard Pivot for his book of poems, Colorature. This led to a number of radio programmes dedicated to classical music, notably on RTL, the radio station where Alain Duault would be “Mr Classical Music” for 22 years, before joining Radio Classique with daily slots until 2018. A role that he also took on for the France 3 television channel, presenting a number of exceptional programmes (masterclasses with Ruggero Raimondi in the Salle Gaveau, Musiques en fête at the Chorégies d d’Orange festival…).

    In 1999, he conceived and presented Intégrale Chopin (225 works, 60 pianists), broadcast on France 3. Then in 2001, he wrote and performed an ambitious and very popular show, Verdi, une passion, un destin (with Jean Piat and 250 musicians). In the wake of this success, he wrote and performed two other shows:  Victor Hugo, la légende d’un siècle in 2002 and Rencontre avec George Sand (with Marie-Christine Barrault) in 2004 and 2005.

    Alain Duault also puts his writing skills to the service of classical music. The author of a number of books, including Dans la peau de Maria Callas, (Le Passeur Éditeur, 2014, pocket edition, 2017); Dictionnaire amoureux illustré de l’Opéra (Plon Gründ, 2016). Ce léger rien des choses qui ont fui, poetry (Gallimard 2017), he also writes editorials for Classica.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: Laurent Rouvrais @Radio Classique 

    Antoine Palloc

    Antoine Palloc

    Antoine Palloc was born in Nice, where he studied with Catherine Collard. From an early age, he specialized in vocal accompanying and studied with Dalton Baldwin and Martin Katz at the Westminster Choir College and the University of Michigan.
    In his young career, he has already performed with such prestigious artists as Frederica Von Stade, Sonya Yoncheva,  Norah Amsellem, Elisabeth Vidal, Nathalie Manfrino, Paul Gay, Annick Massis, Bruce Ford, Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Mireille Delunsch, Karine Deshayes, Patricia Petibon, Isabelle Cal, Elisabeth Vidal, David Daniels, Majella Cullagh, Brian Asawa, Anne-Sophie Duprels, Hedwig Fassbender, and Jennifer Larmore with whom he has recorded an album of American art songs (My Native Land) for the Teldec label and a DVD , Jennifer Larmore Live –VAI music.

    His most recent engagements have taken him to the opera houses of Berlin, Nice, Toulouse, Lyon, Strasbourg ,San Francisco, Rio,  as well as the grand Théâtre de Genève, Alice Tulley Hall, Carnegie Hall, Ford center for the performing arts, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau, Nagaoka Lyric Hall, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Edinburg Festival, Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo, Kennedy Center, Hanoi Opera house, Beijing forbidden city, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Liceu, Wigmore Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Hong Kong’s art center, Marinsky theatre, Sao Paulo’s Cultura Artistica, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Opéra Bastille….

    Antoine Palloc devotes part of his time to teaching and regularly coaches master classes at the Opéra Studio Bastille in Paris, Jeunes Voix du Rhin (Strasbourg Opera house), the Nagaoka lyric hall in Japan, Tokyo Opera Studio, University of Michigan, Miam University (Istanbul), Liszt Akademy of music (Budapest), Monte Carlo’s academy of music and the intenational summer programm in Nice…

    Antoine Palloc also has recorded with Mezzo Soprano Isabelle Cals (French mélodies – Saphir Production), Mélodies Françaises”Antoinette” (Decca), a collection of Ives Songs (Harmunia Mundi) and a collection of Italian songs (Notturno)  - Opera rara.

    Antoine Palloc is Musical director of the “Jeunes voix du Rhin” for the season 2007/2008 and he is musical dirceteur of l’INSTANT LYRIQUE.

    Language spoken: french 

     

    Photo credit: Nikolai Schukoff

    José Van Dam

    José Van Dam

    Today, Brussels-born bass-baritone José Van Dam is among the greatest performers in the world of opera singing.

    Since his beginnings in Paris in Les Troyens, he has been a regular guest of the world’s leading opera houses and of renowned festivals around the globe (Paris, Covent Garden, La Scala in Milan, the Staatsoper in Vienna, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro Colón, as well as the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Orange festivals, and more). He has played Falstaff, Simon Boccanegra, Philip II (Don Carlos), Don Giovanni, Boris Godounov, Amfortas (Parsifal), Der fliegende Holländer, Wozzeck, and many other roles. The creation of the title role in Olivier Messiaen’s Saint-François d’Assise was warmly applauded both in Paris and Salzburg, in 1983, and then again in 1992.

    His opera roles have not prevented José Van Dam from also developing a career in lied and oratorio singing; his repertoire in these is just as large. He has sung under the baton of Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Georg Solti and Seiji Ozawa among others. His discography is impressive and has earned him numerous awards.

    He has appeared in films, most notably in the famous The Music Teacher. José Van Dam was awarded the title of Kammersänger by the City of Berlin and was named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in France. In 1998, José van Dam was granted a title of nobility by King Albert II.

    Language spoken : French

     

    Photo credit : Naomi Baumgartl

    Marc Laho

    Marc Laho

    Born in Belgium, Marc Laho studied voice and trumpet at the Académie Royale de Beaux-Arts in Liège. He attained success at several voice competitions, including the Luciano Pavarotti International Competition in Philadelphia (1992) and made his opera debut in 1989 at Opéra de Monte Carlo in the role of the Officer in J. Massenet’s Thérèse. Since then, he has performed on the world’s greatest stages: the Vienna State Opera, La Scala Theatre in Milan, San Francisco Opera, El Liceu in Barcelona, the Liège Opera House, the Flanders Opera, the Capitole in Toulouse, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Opéra-Comique and the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris, and also in Zurich, Lausanne, Trieste, Turin, Geneva, Brussels, Hong Kong, Palermo, Cologne, Berlin, Marseille, Strasbourg, Avignon, Metz, etc.

    His vast repertoire includes, among others, following roles: Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Fernando in Donizetti’s La Favorita and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Alvaro in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, as well as numerous tenor roles in operettas such as Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène and La Périchole, Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe.

    More recently, he has been heard in La Damnation de Faust in Moscow, Verdi’s Jérusalem in Liège, Les Pêcheurs de perles in Oman, Norma at the Rouen Opera.

    Marc Laho is regularly invited to participate in festivals such as the Mozart Festival in La Coruna, the Summer Festival in Tenerife, the Edinburgh Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Colmar Festival, the Pafos Festival in Cyprus, as well as the Saint-Denis Festival where he performed Berlioz Requiem.

    Language spoken : French

     

    Photo credit : ARR 

    Lionel Lhote

    Lionel Lhote

    The Belgian baritone, Lionel Lhote continued his vocal training at the Royal Conservatory in Mons, under Marcel Vanaud and Jacques Legrand, and at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he was awarded a first prize in concert singing and a higher diploma in opera singing. In spring 2004, he was one of the winners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, where he also won the listener’s prize.

    He launched his career at the Royal Opera of Wallonia then joined the Giessen Opera. Notable singing roles include Germont in La Traviata and Scarpia in Tosca at Aix-la-Chapelle, Fra Melitone in La forza del destino and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte at the Royal Opera of Wallonia, Leporello (Don Giovanni) at the Flanders Opera, Curio (Julius Caesar), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Sancho Panca (Don Quixote) at the Theatre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels.

    He has been regularly invited to sing in France since 2002: Chorèbe (Les Troyens) in Strasbourg, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) in Monte-Carlo, Ourrias (Mireille) and Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier) in Marseille, le Comte de Luna (Le Trouvère) in Bordeaux, Albert (Werther), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) at the Opéra national de Lyon, and more.

    More recently, he has played Rivière (Volo di notte) in Francfort, Pandolphe (Cendrillon), Lescaut (Manon) and Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette) in Bruxelles, Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Don Carlo (Ernani) in Liège, the title role of Falstaff in Tours, Marcello (La bohème) and Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra) in Avignon, le Fauteuil et l'Arbre (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges) at the Glyndebourne Festival.

    Languages spoken : French, English, German , Italian

     

    Photo credit : ARR

    Isabelle Kabatu

    Isabelle Kabatu

    Winner of numerous international competitions, Isabelle Kabatu, the Belgian soprano of African origins, won the first prize of the prestigious Viotti competition, in Varallo, Italy in 1994. In the same year, she made her career debut in the title role of "La Traviata" in Lisbon.

    She quickly established herself on some of the world's greatest stages: La Scala di Milano, Opéra Bastille Paris, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Arena di Verona, Staatsoper Vienna and the Bunkamura Tokyo as well as the opera houses of Rome, Berlin, Geneva, Moscow, New York…

    Her repertoire mainly covers Italian (“Tosca”, “Il Trovatore”, “La forza del destino”...), German (“Tannhäuser”, “Salome”, “Der Rosenkavalier”...) and French (“Le Cid”, “Thaïs”, “Dialogues des Carmélites”...) operas.

    She has sung under the direction of renowned orchestra conductors such as: Yves Abel, Fabio Armiliato, Paolo Arrivabeni, Riccardo Chailly, Patrick Davin, Stéphane Denève, Michel Plasson and renowned stage directors such as Hugo de Ana, Nicolas Joël, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Andreï Serban and Franco Zeffirelli.

    More recently, Isabelle Kabatu has taken on dramatic roles and extended her repertoire with “Norma”, Abigaïlle (“Nabucco”), Lady Macbeth, Gioconda, Didon (“The Trojans”) and Brünnhilde in Wagner's Ring Cycle.

    Isabelle Kabatu founded DA TEMPESTA, an opera workshop that aims to promote young artists. This workshop has so far produced 14 operas. She is also working on the creation of an opera school in Africa: VOICE OF AFRICA.

    Language spoken : French 

     

    Photo credit : ARR

    Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera

    Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera

    While studying law and music in Rome, Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera was already pursuing stage directing with the University Theatre. In 1983, he directed his first operas, which achieved great success. Thus, he was invited as a stage director/designer to several Italian theatres and numerous festivals and opera houses in Italy and abroad.

    Before his appointment as General Manager and Artistic Director of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Belgium), he was Artistic Director of numerous festivals and of the Concerti Telecom, and General Manager of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna.

    He has produced and hosted numerous radio & television programmes.

    In 2007, he directed Three Intermezzi at the ORW, and Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimarosa).

    Among the operas he has directed since 2008, we can mention: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) – with Michele Mariotti, La Traviata (Verdi), L’Inimico delle Donne (Galuppi), Equivoco Stravagante (Rossini) - rewarded by “Le Prix de la Critique Française”, Manon (Massenet), Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), L’Elisir d’amore (Donizetti), La Gazzetta (Rossini), Guillaume Tell (Grétry); in 2016-2017, he has directed Nabucco and Jérusalem (Verdi); in 2017-2018, Manon Lescaut (Puccini) and Macbeth (Verdi) and in 2018-2019, the new productions of Aida (Verdi) and Anna Bolena (Donizetti).

    DVDs of La Traviata, Il Matrimonio segreto, L’Inimico delle Donne, Otello, Manon and La Gazzetta are edited under the label Dynamic, Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigoletto under the label Éditions Montparnasse.

    Languages spoken: French, Italian, English

     

    Photo credit : Lorraine Wauters – Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.

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