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Caribbean concert spirituel

Opera, concert & »slave mass«: the French Caribbean at the eve of the revolution
25
Open air
Sunday
19. June
19 h
Terraces Orangery Palace Sanssouci, Mulberry Avenue

French colony Saint-Domingue (nowadays Haiti) owed its wealth to thousands of African slaves labouring on the coffee and sugar plantations. The white slavers used their riches for financing cultural delights based on Parisian examples including operas and concerts. Pedro Memelsdorff & Co.’s two snap-shots of Colonial musical life include the voices of the disenfranchised: in 1780 at a concert in Port-au-Prince 14-year-old singer Elisabeth Ferrand began her career as the first black singer in the history of French opera. The tensions between forced cultural subordination and self-confident upheaval come to an explosive discharge in the »slave mass« brought over from French Guayana.

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artists

ARLEQUIN PHILOSOPHE
Francesca Benitez, soprano I
Samantha Louis-Jean, soprano II
Markéta Cukrová, mezzo-soprano
Luca Cervoni, tenor
Victor Sicard, baritone
Marco Saccardin, bass
Théotime Langlois de Swarte, solo violin
Guadalupe del Moral, Ignacio Ramal, violine
AlaiaFerrán, viola
Hyngun Cho, violoncello
Alberto Jara, double bass
Johanna Bartz, traverso
Miriam Jorde Hompanera, Olga Marulanda, oboe
Pepe Reche, Gilbert Camí, natural horn
Luise Manske, bassoon
Marco Saccardin, guitar & theorbo
Pablo Kornfeld, harpsichord & organ
Daniel Munarriz, Nora Thiele, percussion

Pedro Memelsdorff, musical director

program

»Concert spirituel« in Port-au-Prince (Saint-Domingue), 1780
Music by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Giovanni Paisiello, Egidio Duni, François-Joseph Gossec, Nicolas Dalayrac et al.

Messe en cantiques, French-Guyana, before 1763
Reconstruction of a »slave mass« based on French melodies of the period


Lecture K
16:00 h | length: 45 min
Plant Hall Orangery Palace Sanssouci
Opera & slavery in the French Caribbean

Pedro Memelsdorff’s research unearthed such a wealth of material that he decided to write a book about this extraordinary subject. Discover the secrets of the colonial music world and find how the black Madonna of Częstochowa is linked to Haiti.

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