As in the 2015/2016 season, Marc Piollet will be guesting in Belgrade this year for a concert engagement with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. This time – more precisely, on November 8, 2019 – with a program that will make clear Berlioz’s musical-historical connection to Beethoven: Ludwig van Beethoven’s First Symphony will be followed by Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, which was inspired above all by Beethoven’s oeuvre and is considered one of the most important program pieces.
In June Marc Piollet sees the next opera engagement at the Cincinnati Opera. He is invited to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to conduct Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro on June 13 and 15, 2019.
In 2014, Marc Piollet gave an enthusiastically recorded opera debut in Cincinnati with Bizet’s Carmen. The Enquirer wrote: “One of the stars of the evening was the Cincinnati Symphony. In the pit, Marc Piollet made his American debut in a nuanced performance Bizet’s colorful score.”
Marc Piollet and Piotr Beczala are regularly working together with pleasure. At the moment both are on a tour with opera arias including extracts from Verdi’s Luisa Miller, Puccini’s Tosca and Turandot aswell as Bizet’s Carmen: After a first stop beginning of November in Dublin with the RTE Orchestra, the tour continues on November 24 in Barcelona with the orchestra of the Teatro del Liceu, where Marc Piollet lately conducted Puccini’s La Bohème, and finally on November 30 at Palau de la Música with the Valencia Orchestra.
Marc Piollet is a regular guest at Teatro Real Madrid and will be back from October 12 onwards. This season brings the first guest performances of the Deutsche Ballett am Rhein: Together with the choir and the orchestra of Teatro Real they bring Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem on stage under the direction of Martin Schläpfer.
La Bohème from Teatre Liceu under the direction of Marc Piollet on October, 14, starting 8.30 pm on Mezzo TV!
Marc Piollet returns to Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. In June and July he will be conducting Puccini’s La Bohéme (premiere: June 18). The production of Jonathan Miller is shown at Liceu for the first time, in 2015 it had its premiere at English National Opera. Marc Piollet knows La Bohème very well, he has conducted the opera many times, a.o. with Anna Netrebko as Mimi at Royal Theatre Copenhagen.
At Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona Marc Piollet has already conducted Carmen in the setting of Calixto Bieito with Roberto Alagna as José and Erwin Schrott as Escamillo; the highly acclaimed production was published by Unitel Classica/C major 2011 on DVD.
In Spain Marc Piollet is also very well known at Teatro Real. The last time he conducted Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in the spectacular production of Peter Sellars and Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. He did also Massenet’s Don Quichotte and the sensational dancetheatre-production C(h)oeurs by Alain Platel which was then shown at various important theatre houses in Europe and which is now available on DVD. In Spain Marc Piollet also conducted gala concerts with Piotr Beczala at Teatro Real and at Festival Peralada in Catalonia.
At famous Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires Marc Piollet takes over the musical direction of Mozart’s Don Giovanni starting April 05. Last time he conducted this opera at Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf. Artistic director is Emilio Sagi, Erwin Schrott sings the title role. There follow five further performances at Buenos Aires (06./08./09./10./12.04.). Marc Piollet was last time at Teatro Colón in 2013 when he gave his house debut with Bizet’s Carmen.
Marc Piollet is a versatile maestro: Not only does he regularly conduct big opera productions with stellar casts, but also takes care of musical education when working with the ”Junge Sinfonie”, a youth orchestra founded by him in 1989. His various activities are presented in a short film, produced in 2015 by Bernhard von Hülsen. This portrait gives wonderful insights into the work and thoughts of Marc Piollet!
Marc Piollet is conducting Franz Lehár’s Merry Widow at Oper Köln on New Year’s Eve. Further performances take place on January 2 and 4. At the beginning of last season he has already conducted the acclaimed production of Dieter Hilsdorf’s Eugen Onegin in Cologne.
Marc Piollet opens on 11th of July the Festival Castell de Peralada in Catalonia. On the programme are opera arias with the famous soloists Piotr Beczala and Erika Grimaldi. In October, Marc Piollet will have another concert with Piotr Beczala, then with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid at Teatro Real.
In Germany Marc Piollet is invited at Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele in July: He is the conductor of the 20th anniversary of the classic open air with fireworks and well known arias of Rossini and Offenbach. The soloists are Emma Pearson and Martin Mitterrutzner.
Foto: Reiner Pfisterer
Marc Piollet makes his debut in the USA: He is conducting Bizet’s Carmen at Cincinnati Opera, the premiere is on 12th of June.
Marc Piollet has conducted Carmen a.o. at Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, documented on a DVD (Unitel) with a fantastic cast, Béatrice Uria-Monzón, Erwin Schrott and Roberto Alagna, in a production of Calixto Bieito.
In Cincinnati we are now looking forward to Alain Gauthier’s production!