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Gaëlle Arquez

French mezzo-soprano Gaëlle Arquez is one of the rising stars of the opera world. After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the young mezzo-soprano made her debut at the Opéra Bastille in Michael Haneke’s 2013 version of Don Giovanni (Zerlina) under the direction of Philippe Jordan. Ever since she has been invited to sing in many of the most renowned opera houses in the world. Nominated “Révélation Lyrique” at the “Victoires de la Musique 2011”, Gaëlle Arquez is now an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon with whom she released her highly anticipated debut recording “Ardente Flamme” in 2017.

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  • 19.11.2018 - Gaëlle Arquez stars in Juditha Triumphans and makes her DNO debut

  • From January 26 - February 7,  Gaëlle Arquez stars in the title role of Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans at De Nationale Opera, making her debut at the theater.

    Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans is an allegorical oratorio with a plot full of twists and turns. Though not intended for the theatre, it lends itself perfectly for staged production.

    The story of Juditha Triumphans comes from the apocryphal Book of Judith, chronicling the Assyrian siege of the Jewish city of Bethulia. The beautiful young widow Judith goes to the Assyrian army commander Holofernes to beg for mercy and sways him with her charms. But while he lies asleep after too much food and wine, Judith cuts off his head and returns to Bethulia triumphant. The story of her bravery inspired dramatic paintings by the likes of Giorgione, Caravaggio, Gentileschi and Allori.

    Andrea Marcon leads La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, with Teresa Iervolino as Holofernes,  Vasilisa Berzhanskaya as Vagaus.  Francesca Ascioti as Ozias and Polly Leech as Abra.

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