The current context and the difficult challenges it poses, makes it ever more important to continue to dream and to find ways to be seduced by the charms of artistic performances. Great creations from the past that continue to inspire us can be reinvented using modern methods. The sanitary crisis has revealed the importance of new technologies which can not only be useful as an alternative way of coming together but can also be used as a creative space. This is the subject of the exchange between the stage director Barrie Kosky, the conductor Leonardo García Alarcón, and the saxophonist, composer and director of the Conservatory in Marseille Raphaël Imbert.
Barrie Kosky is Director General and Artistic Director for the Berlin Komische Oper. His work has received numerous awards including Der Faust in 2009 for his interpretation of From the House of the Dead, the Laurence Olivier Award in 2011 for Castor et Pollux, and the International Opera Award for stage director of the year in 2014. Opernwelt magazine named him stage director of the year in 2018 for his production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Beirut festival. His opera interpretations have been produced at the Komische Oper in Berlin, the Munich Opera, the Beirut, Salzburg and Glyndebourne festivals, the Frankfurt Opera, the Amsterdam Opera, the Zurich Opera, the Paris National Opera, the Dijon Opera and Covent Garden in London. Barrie Kosky was Director at the Adelaide Festival in 1996 and Artistic co-director at the Schauspielhaus in Vienna from 2001 to 2005.
LEONARDO GARCÍA ALARCÓN
Leonardo García Alarcón is the founder and Music Director of the baroque music ensemble Cappella Mediterranea. He also founded Millenium Orchestra to accompany the Chamber Choir of Namur which he led from 2010 onwards. He is a professor for the Maestro al cembalo major at the Haute école de Musique in Geneva. He also plays an active part in the Festival d’Ambronay and is a resident artist at the Dijon Opera. Thanks to him, we have a renewed appreciation for operas such Cavalli’s Elena, Erismena, Eliogabalo, and Il Giasone, Antonio Draghi’s El Prometeo, or Francesco Sacrati’s La finta pazza .In 2018, he conducted Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with stage direction by Sacha Waltz. In 2019, he conducted Les Indes Galantes by Rameau at the Paris Opera in honor of the 350th anniversary of its foundation. In 2016, he recorded 7 Peccati Capitali with the label Alpha Classic, which was acclaimed by the press and nominated in the best recording category by Victoires de la Musique in 2017. Leonardo García Alarcón is a Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters.
Raphaël Imbert is a self-taught musician. In 1999, he founded Compagnie Nine Spirit and became a laureate of Villa Médicis Hors les Murs in 2003. In 2014, he published Jazz suprême Initiés, mystiques & prophètes in the Philosophie imaginaire category of the publishing house Éditions de l’éclat. Raphaël Imbert has worked with exceptionally talented musicians such as Archie Shepp, Yaron Herman, the Manfred Quartet, the Trio Chemirani, the Ensemble Contraste (Arnaud Thorette and Johan Farjot), Jean-Guihen and Pierre-Olivier Queyras, as well as with the writer Sonia Chiambretto and the composer Karol Beffa. From 2010 to 2013, he spent time researching in the Southern United States supervised by Lachic (a French research laboratory specialized in the humanities) and the French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). His research was focused on the fruitful relationship that traditional or popular music has with oral tradition, improvisation, and new technology. His research led to the creation of his project Music is My Home in 2015. The project includes an original repertory with references to the origins of American music and improvisation.
Co-Director of the Artistic Administration and Dramaturge of the Festival d’Aix