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An instinct for theatre

Massenet, the charm of timeless music
di Fabio Marzari

From 22 September to 28 October Palazzetto Bru Zane dedicates its Festival to Massenet, an artist who brings infinite musical reverberations.

Palazzetto Bru Zane, the house of French romantic music in Venice, opens after a brief summer vacation for a new season dedicated to composer, pianist, and organist Jules Massenet. Six concerts on October 1, 2, 13, 18, 25, and 28 trace his musical production, preceded by a prologue on September 22, 6pm, when mezzo-soprano Éléonore Pancrazi and pianist Ian Barber will perform some of Massenet’s melodies. Who was Jules Massenet? Born in 1842, his family moved to Paris in his childhood and enrolled him in a conservatory in 1851. Due to circumstances, the young Massenet had to use music to support himself in his studies.

He taught piano and played in bars. He won the Prix de Rome when staying there in 1863, and was back in Paris for the performance of his first opera in 1867. In 1873, he published an oratorio, Marie-Madeleine, which earned him the praise of such composers as Tchaikovsky and Gounod, as well as the public. In 1877, Massenet took his Le Roi de Lahore at the Paris Opera, and was given tenure in composition at the Paris Conservatory the year after. The main feature in his operas is a confident theatrical effect – fluid, suggestive, and refined. Massenet does not like repetition, and varied his subjects drawing from fantasy, ancient and medieval history, and the exotic. He died in 1912, leaving a vast repertoire that includes ballet pieces, song, and symphony.

Massenet, Maestro del suo tempo
from 22 September 2022
to 28 October 2022
Massenet, a must!

Jules Massenet (1842-1912), composer and teacher, has left such a profound influence on the French music scene that his role is...

Thursday, 22 September 2022
at 18:00
Massenet, a must!

Jules Massenet (1842-1912), composer and teacher, has left such a profound influence on the French music scene that his role is...

Thursday, 22 September 2022
at 18:00
Massenet, a must!

The art of vocal writing is the ultimate horizon of French musical teaching, as evidenced by this concert involving the soprano...

Saturday, 1 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

The art of vocal writing is the ultimate horizon of French musical teaching, as evidenced by this concert involving the soprano...

Saturday, 1 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

An excellent pianist, Massenet began writing for his instrument very early on before abandoning it to devote himself body and s...

Sunday, 2 October 2022
at 17:00
Massenet, a must!

An excellent pianist, Massenet began writing for his instrument very early on before abandoning it to devote himself body and s...

Sunday, 2 October 2022
at 17:00
Massenet, a must!

Although the French mélodie fully obtained its license of nobility under the Third Republic, in particular thanks to the works...

Thursday, 13 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

Although the French mélodie fully obtained its license of nobility under the Third Republic, in particular thanks to the works...

Thursday, 13 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

Alongside the classical forms which, in the eyes of the French, appear as the mark of Germanic aesthetics and a certain austeri...

Tuesday, 18 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

Alongside the classical forms which, in the eyes of the French, appear as the mark of Germanic aesthetics and a certain austeri...

Tuesday, 18 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

Jules Massenet has not written even a piece for solo violin, but this instrument has benefited from his production through tran...

Tuesday, 25 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

Jules Massenet has not written even a piece for solo violin, but this instrument has benefited from his production through tran...

Tuesday, 25 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

The piano can become a vehicle for traveling, both in time and in distant countries. Through pieces composed in 1867 and 1894, ...

Friday, 28 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

The piano can become a vehicle for traveling, both in time and in distant countries. Through pieces composed in 1867 and 1894, ...

Friday, 28 October 2022
at 19:30
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