8 May 2022: BOZAR, Brussels
11 May 2022: Barbican Centre, London (semi-staged)
14, 16, 18 May 2022: La Seine Musicale, Paris
 
Beethoven Fidelio NEW PRODUCTION
 
Laurence Equilbey conductor
David Bobée director, set design
Insula orchestra & accentus choir
 
 
Stanislas de Barbeyrac Florestan
Sinéad Campbell-Wallace Leonore
Christian Immler Rocco 
 Sebastian Holecek Don Pizzaro
Hélène Carpentier Marzelline
Patrick Grahl Jacquino 
In a new touring production of Fidelio with director David Bobée, Insula orchestra and Laurence Equilbey bring Beethoven’s only opera to Brussels, London and their state-of-the-art Parisian home La Seine Musicale next May joined by Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Christian Immler and Hélène Carpentier.
 
Echoing hopes kindled by the French revolution, Beethoven’s only opera tells a dramatic tale of the fight against oppression and arbitrary power, and a testament to modernity in the revolutionary character Leonore, who dresses as a man to secure the release of her unjustly imprisoned husband Florestan.
 
Director David Bobée joins Insula orchestra once again to direct Fidelio following their critically-acclaimed production of Gounod’s La Nonne sanglante in 2018. Bobée, acknowledged for his strong humanist commitment, spells out the values of an opera that is as relevant today as ever in his production set amid concrete blocks and rusted metal, the entangled ruins of a collapsed world.
 
David Bobée said:
“Light, freedom and truth have been locked underground with Florestan, trampled both literally and figuratively by authority. The distressing impression that this is a world that has been deprived of any transparency, that we are uninformed, and that the situation has spun out of control for want of exact knowledge, that we are trying to find our way through lies and concealed realities, the feeling of obstacles to freedom of action, all this is familiar territory to today’s audience.”
 
 
Laurence Equilbey said:
“By granting the key role in the plot to the character of Leonore, who cross-dresses as a man to secure the release of her unjustly imprisoned husband, Beethoven takes his place among the pioneering figures of feminism. He went on to reiterate his commitment through the courageous Clara in Egmont, and again in a musical tribute to the soldier Leonore Prohaska.” 
 image.  Léa Jézéquel 
Irish soprano Sinéad Campbell-Wallace takes the title role of the devoted and courageous Leonore, with French tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac in a role debut as the prisoner Florestan, Christian Immler as the jailor Rocco and his daughter Marzelline sung by Hélène Carpentier. Insula orchestra are joined by Equilbey’s accentus choir.
 
Insula orchestra bring to life the struggle for liberty and justice staged at BOZAR, Brussels (8 May) and touring to London’s Barbican Centre (11 May, semi-staged) and the orchestra’s home La Seine Musicale, Paris (14, 16, 18 May).
 
Beethoven’s Fidelio
 
8 May 2022, 20:00
BOZAR, Brussels
11 May 2022, 19:30
Barbican Centre, London (semi-staged)
14 May 2022, 18:00
16, 18 May 2022, 20:30
La Seine Musicale, Paris
 
Beethoven Fidelio NEW PRODUCTION
 
Stanislas de Barbeyrac Florestan
Sinéad Campbell-Wallace Leonore
Christian Immler Rocco
Sebastian Holecek Don Pizzaro
Hélène Carpentier Marzelline
Patrick Grahl Jacquino
 
Laurence Equilbey conductor
Insula orchestra
accentus choir
 
David Bobée director, set design
Nicolas Girard-Michelotti assistant director
Léa Jézéquel assistant set design
Stéphane Babi Aubert lighting design
Wojtek Doroszuk video design
 
Insula orchestra
 
 
image.  Insula Orchestra’s purpose is very clear: to serve music from the baroque, classical and pre-romantic eras at the best of its abilities – that is, in a historically informed way. Side-by-side with masterpieces of the repertoire, the orchestra also features rarer pieces, such as the work of Louise Farrenc or Clara Schumann. The ensemble performs on period instruments to match as closely as possible the original sound, text and writing design. 
With support of the Hauts-de-Seine department, Insula Orchestra was founded in 2012 by its artistic director and conductor Laurence Equilbey. In 2017, it inaugurated the Seine Musicale venue as its resident orchestra. The orchestra is in charge of part of the Auditorium’s season, for which it invites numerous ensembles and artists. Insula Orchestra also regularly performs in France and internationally in leading venues and festivals: Philharmonie de Paris, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Theater an der Wien, Stadtcasino in Basel, Elbphilharmonie of Hamburg, Barbican Centre in London, Louvre Abu Dhabi for its official inauguration…
 
The orchestra reinvents the formats and rules of classical music to reach out to all audiences. It regularly produces staged concerts to shine a new light on music, working with artists such as Yoann Bourgeois, Antonin Baudry, Pascale Ferran, David Bobée… It is particularly active on the field of digital technologies, and delved in 360° experiences and virtual reality. A diversified and innovative education program, striving towards sharing and inclusion, was developed throughout the Hauts-de-Seine department. In 2022, a new resource centre will be created to widely share its musical and scientific research, as well as the developed educational and digital resources: Insula Documenta.
 
Insula orchestra receives support from the Hauts-de-Seine department and is resident orchestra at the Seine Musicale. accio, circle of friends of accentus and Insula Orchestra, as well as the Insula Orchestra – Laurence Equilbey foundation help fund its artistic and educational projects. Insula Orchestra is a member of FEVIS and SPPF.
 
Laurence Equilbey
 
 
image.  The conductor and musical director of Insula orchestra and its partner choir, accentus, Laurence Equilbey is acknowledged for her demanding yet open-minded approach to her art. Her exploration of symphonic repertoire has seen her conducting BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the orchestras of the Hessische Rundfunk, Lyon, Bucharest, Liège, Leipzig, Brussels Philharmonic, Café Zimmermann, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, CamerataSalzburg, Mozarteum-orchester Salzburg. 
In 2012, with support from the Hauts-de-Seine General Council, she founded Insula orchestra, an ensemble devoted to performing classical and pre-Romantic repertoire on period instruments. In April 2017 the orchestra started their residency at the new arts centre La Seine Musicale, where Equilbey is in charge of the classical music programme for the 1,150-seat auditorium.
 
With accentus, Laurence Equilbey continues to interpret large-scale vocal repertoire such as the recent performance with the Orchestra of the Opéra de Rouen of Comala by Niels Gade in June 2017. She is an Associate Artist of the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, a companion of the Philharmonie de Paris, and Artistic Director and Director of Education at the Department for Young Singers at the CRR, Regional Conservatoire of Paris. She regularly conducts the Orchestra of the Opéra de Rouen.
 
Past operatic engagements comprise of Mozart’s Lucio Silla at the Theater an der Wien, Britten’s Albert Herring at Opéra de Rouen and Opéra Comique, the ballet Sous apparence at Opéra de Paris, and Reynaldo Hahn’s Ciboulette at the Opéra Comique, where Equilbey also conducted La Nonne sanglante by Gounod in June 2018.
 
On the concert stage, recent guest conducting engagements included the Danish National Choir and Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony (HR Sinfonie Orchester) in Germany, which was broadcast live.
 
Laurence Equilbey studied music in Paris, Vienna and London, and studied conducting with Eric Ericson, Denise Ham, Colin Metters and Jorma Panula.

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