Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak Headline Concert De Paris 2019

By Nicole Kuchta

The Orchestra National de France and the Choeur and Maîtrise de Radio France will present a free Bastille Day concert on Sunday, Jul. 14, 2019.

The concert will take place “at the foot of the Eiffel Tower . . . [and] will be followed by the very famous fireworks,” according to SortiraParis. Alain Altinoglu will lead the orchestra.

The event will kick off with the “Hungarian March” from Berlioz’ “The Damnation of Faust.” Then, Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak will sing the aria “Je Veux Vivre” from Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.” The orchestra will perform the opening from Bizet’s “Carmen,” and the “Habanera,” sung by French mezzo-soprano Gaëlle Arquez, will follow. German bass René Pape will sing “Le Veau d’Or” from Gounod’s “Faust,” and Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński will perform “Vedro con mio diletto” from Vivladi’s “Giustino.”

French tenor Roberto Alagna and classical guitarist Xuefei Yang will perform Charles Aznavour’s “La Mamma.” Alagna will later return to sing “Rachel, quand du Seigneur” from Fromental Halévy’s “La Juive,” “Le Muletier et la Jeune Personne” from Offenbach’s “La Périchole” with Gaëlle Arquez, and “L’Heure Exquise” from Lehar’s “La Veuve Joyeuse” with Aleksandra Kurzak. Yang will return for Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concerto d’Aranjuez (adagio).

The chorus will be featured during “Va, Pensiero” from Verdi’s “Nabucco,” and the orchestra during the “Danse du Sabre” from Aram Khachaturian’s ballet “Gayaneh.”

French-Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili will be featured during Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 for Piano and Orchestra (adagio), and Gautier Capuçon will be featured during “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s “Rusalka.”

German tenor Christian Elsner will join Israeli soprano Chen Reiss to perform “Tonight” from Bernstein’s beloved musical, “West Side Story.”

The orchestra will perform Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, followed by the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Aleksandra Kurzak, Gaëlle Arquez, Roberto Alagna, and René Pape will be featured.

The evening will conclude with Lisle’s “La Marseillaise,” the national anthem of France.

The concert will be broadcast live from Parc du Champ-de-Mars via France Inter and France 2.