Insula Orchestra Announces 2023-24 Season

By Chris Ruel

Insula Orchestra has revealed its 2023-24 Season. For this article, only vocal performances are included.

The orchestra and choir, Le Spirituel, under the baton of Hervé Niquet, will present Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Gloria per l’ospedale.

Performance Date: Oct. 10, 2023

In November, songs inspired by arias from Verdi, Gounod, Mozart, Offenbach, Rossini, Bizet, and Wagner’s operas will be performed for kids aged two and above. Mélanie Flahaut and artistic director Arnaud Marzorati lend their voices to Damien Schoëvaërt-Brossault’s pop-up creation.

Performance Dates: Nov. 14 & 15, 2023

Conductor and Insula Music Director and Founder Laurence Equilbey leads the orchestra and Accentus in a presentation of Handel’s Messiah, featuring soprano Sandrine Piau, countertenor Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, tenor Stuart Jackson, and bass Alex Rosen.

Performance Dates: Dec. 3, 5, 6, 20 & 21, 2023; Apr. 1, 2024

Václav Luks will conduct a performance of Bach’s Magnificat and Zelenka’s Missa Corporis Domini, featuring Collegium Vocale 1704, Collegium 1704, sopranos Tereza Zimková, Helena Hozová, Pavla Radostová; altos Aneta Petrasová, Kamila Mazalová; tenor Ondřej Holub; and basses Tomáš Šelc, Tadeáš Hoza.

Performance Date: Dec.16, 2023

Mozart’s Requiem will be presented using only fragments written by the composer in a performance choreographed and stage-directed by Yoann Bourgeois and conducted by Laurence Equilbey. Soprano Hélène Carpentier, alto Eva Zaïcik, tenor Jonathan Abernethy, and bass Christian Immler will be joined by Accentus.

Performance Dates: Jan. 12, 13, 14, 19 & 20, 2024

Handel’s “Agrippina,” starring Sophie Rennert (Agrippina), Federico Fiorio (Nerone), and Luigi De Donato (Claudio), will be presented by Accademia Bizantina, with Ottavio Dantone on the podium.

Performance Date: Jan. 30, 2024

Conductor Justin Doyle will lead RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin in Bach’s St. John Passion performance. Soloists include Florian Sievers as the Evangelist and Dominic Barberi as Jesus. Join them will be soprano Sarah Aristidou and bass Matthias Winckhler.

Performance Date: Mar. 26, 2024

More Bach follows with “Bach: From Abyss to Light,” featuring a program comprising Overture for Orchestra No. 4, motets “Komm, Jesu, komm,” and “Jesu, meine Freude,” along with two cantatas, No. 131 “Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir,” and No. 72 “Alles nur nach Gottes Willen.” Alto Rose Naggar-Tremblay, tenor Gwilym Bowen, and bass Victor Sicard will join Accentus and the orchestra under the baton of Laurence Equilbey.

Performance Dates: Mar. 28, 29, 31 & Apr. 7, 2024

Soprano Patricia Petibon will present “The Baroque Sorceress,” teaming up with Ensemble Amarillis to perform music by Jean-Féry Rebel, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Marin Marais, Jean-Marie Leclair, and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Héloïse Gaillard conducts.

Performance Date: Apr. 4, 2024

Sigvards Kļava leads Accentus and soloist Ganavya Doraiswamy in a presentation of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vespers and a new composition commissioned by Insula by Israeli composer Sivan Eldar.

Performance Date: Apr. 26, 2024

Thomas Hengelbrock will conduct the Balthasar Neumann Ensembles in a presentation of Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Bach’s Mass in G minor.

Performance Date: May 6, 2024

The orchestra will present “Beethoven Wars,” a stage creation combining the latest digital technologies and the world of manga. Based on two of Beethoven’s luminous and humanistic pieces of music—”King Stephen” and “The Ruins of Athens.” This new show is the brainchild of conductor Laurence Equilbey and stage director Antonin Baudry. Soloists include soprano Ellen Giacone and bass Matthieu Heim. Joining them will be Accentus.

Performance Dates: May 23, 25 & 26, 2024