While it is still dedicated to Bach, in 2018, the Festival de Saintes will cross the Channel to give voice to British ensembles and composers.
You will discover England’s gloomy 17th century with the incomparable Lucile Richardot and the Correspondances ensemble, the cantata Handel composed in his youth, as well as his breathtaking “Water Music”, a bouquet of English tunes presented by Carolyn Sampson and the exceptional VOCES8, who will perform an exciting programme for you.
Voices will be front and centre stage this year, with Lea Desandre, Deborah Cachet and the soloists of the ensembles Gli Angeli Genève, le Banquet Céleste, Vox Luminis, which will perform Bach’s cantata, and Graindelavoix and la Maîtrise from Radio France.
There will also be some surprises in the form of an unreleased opera by Destouches, a nocturnal piano recital by Philip Glass, the interpretation of unknown composers who were contemporaries of Beethoven by the JOA and a piece by Thomas Dunford, accompanied by his new ensemble, who will open the festival with Vivaldi.
Stephan Maciejewski, artistic director.