Academie baroque europeennee d` Ambronay

When: Monday, 10. 7. 2017 at 20:30

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Ticket price: 10 - 25 €

Festibus: Departure at 17:40 (Hala Tivoli, Ljubljana)

Academie baroque européenne d'Ambronay (FR):


Kerstin Dietl: soprano

Aurora Peña: soprano

Deborah Cachet: soprano

Alberto Miguélez-Rouco: counter-tenor

Jonas Descotte: counter-tenor

Clément Debieuvre: haute-contre

Etienne Duhil de Bénazé: tenor

Jean-Christophe Lanièce: bass-baritone

Renaud Bres: bass-baritone

Kinga Ujszaszi: violin

Alice Earll: violin

Isabel Soteras Valenti: violin

Ida Meidell Blylod: violin

Han Sol Lee: violin

Alba Encinas Gonzalez: viola

Zeno Scattolin: viola

Sevastyana Leonova: viola

Mathias Ferre: viol

Katharina Litschig: bass violin

Jadran Duncumb: theorbo

Inés Moreno Uncilla: harpsichord


Paul Agnew: Conductor


Artist's message to visitors


Come and listen to these incredible young musicians, selected into the best early music conservatories in Europe! Upon the direction of the singer and conductor Paul Agnew, they will perform the masterpiece from Purcell Dido & Aeneas and some extracts of Didon by Desmarest.


About the project


The 22nd Ambronay European Baroque Academy will be conducted by Paul Agnew, who for the first time will take on the musical direction, staging and educational supervision.


For this occasion, the associate conductor of Les Arts Florissants has put together a beautiful programme inspired by the story of Dido. As an appetiser he presents us with extracts from the opera Didon by Henry Desmarest, and for the main course the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell.

The love story between the Queen of Carthage and the Trojan warrior inspired the great English composer Purcell to create a timeless work which is still performed today on the world’s greatest operatic stages.

Its modest proportions (less than an hour long with a reduced orchestra) make it the ideal subject for a training project for young musicians. The music is superb from start to finish – from its overture ‘a la française’ to Dido’s final lament ‘When I am laid in earth’. The work is musically varied, constantly alternating between arias, duets, choruses and instrumental dances, and is a theatrical gem which allows the singers to express themselves both vocally and theatrically.


The Academy is composed of 9 singers and 12 musicians including the duo Repicco.



Académie baroque européenne d’Ambronay (FR)

The 22nd Ambronay European Baroque Academy (Academie baroque européenne d'Ambronay) will be conducted by Paul Agnew, who for the first time will take on musical direction, staging and educational supervision.

Concert programme

Henry Desmarest (1661–1741):


Par Monsieur DESMAREST


Henry Purcell (1659–1695):

Dido and Aeneas (1689)


To open the programme, Paul Agnew has chosen several extracts from Desmarest’s Didon. This tragic opera is rarely performed but was very well received at its premiere at the Académie Royale de Musique in 1693, only four years after Purcell’s opera. The music is beautiful and the libretto offers to its principal performer a formidable portrait of a woman. This performance is the public dissemination of an education project bringing together the young musicians taking part in this Academy. These young virtuosos — selected from among the best in Europe — will work on the two pieces in the programme during an intensive rehearsal period first at Ambronay Cultural Encounter Center (France) and then in Collegio Ghislieri in Pavia (Italy). The musicians will undertake an in-depth study of expressivity, theatricality and rhetoric as well as the technical demands of this repertoire.


Lyrics can be found in Concert leaflet




Brežice, Brežice Castle

The two-storey castle is the mightiest building in Brežice, built in the middle of the 16th century in the site of the castle which was burnt down in 1515, in time of the great peasant revolt.



The price of coach provided for all concerts from Ljubljana and Zagreb is 10€. Departure from Hala Tivoli and Lisinski Hall.