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Marion Cotillard in Joan of Arc at the Stake

Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $48.00 - $144.00
Wed, Jun, 10, 2015
7:30 PM
Thu, Jun, 11, 2015
7:30 PM
Fri, Jun, 12, 2015
7:30 PM
Sat, Jun, 13, 2015
8:00 PM

Performed in French with English surtitles.

U.S. Premiere of staged production created at the Festival Saito Kinen Matsumoto in August 2012 under the artistic direction of Seiji Ozawa

The 2014-15 Season

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Joan of Arc at the Stake (staged)

Joan of Arc at the Stake (1935)

The dramatic oratorio Joan of Arc at the Stake, Arthur Honegger’s masterful setting of an inspired libretto by Claudel, tells of Joan of Arc’s last moments of life at the stake through a series of flashbacks. Her confessor, Brother Dominique, reads from the book of her life, starting with her trial and conviction of heresy and witchcraft in 1431 and, going backward to Charles VII’s coronation, the voices she heard of Saints Catherine and Margaret and her simple pastoral childhood. Though this composition is hard to categorize, Honegger’s musical invention is spectacularly diverse: the two main roles (Joan and Brother Dominique, both being speaking parts) are joined by chorus, children’s chorus, and an orchestra that includes saxophones, pianos, and the electronic ondes Martenot, and its musical mediums range from plain chant, Baroque dance, and folk song to jazz rhythms, humming, shouting, and classical music of the 1930s. Joan’s innocence, the benevolence of Brother Dominique, the corrupt clerics presiding at the sham trial, her ecstatic recollection of her youth, and her final release from earthly life combine to bring about an apotheosis of overwhelming emotion in our staged performance.



Alan Gilbert

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert began his tenure in September 2009. The first native New Yorker to hold the post, he has sought to make the Orchestra a point of pride for the city and country. As New York magazine wrote, “The Philharmonic and its music director Alan Gilbert have turned themselves into a force of permanent revolution.”

Mr. Gilbert and the Philharmonic have forged artistic partnerships, introducing the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, held in the 2014–15 season by Christopher Rouse and violinist Lisa Batiashvili, respectively, as well as the new position of Artist-in-Association, inaugurated by Inon Barnatan this season; an annual festival, which this season is Dohnányi / Dvořák; CONTACT!, the new-music series; and the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today’s music by a wide range of contemporary and modern composers inaugurated in spring 2014.

In the 2014–15 season Alan Gilbert conducts the U.S. Premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto, a Philharmonic co-commission, alongside Mahler’s First Symphony; La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema with Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, and Josh Groban; Verdi’s Requiem; a staging of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake featuring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard; World Premieres by John Adams, Peter Eötvös, and Christopher Rouse; works by contemporary Nordic composers during CONTACT!; and the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma’s 15th-anniversary celebration. He concludes The Nielsen Project, the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer’s symphonies and concertos, the first release of which was named by The New York Times as among the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012. The Music Director presides over the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour with stops including London, featuring Giants Are Small’s theatrical reimagining of Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka as part of the Orchestra’s second International Associate residency at the Barbican Centre; Cologne, where he leads the World Premiere of Peter Eötvös’s Senza sangue, a Philharmonic co-commission; and returns to Dublin and Paris.

Last season’s highlights included the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL; Mozart’s three final symphonies; the U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Frieze coupled with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; World Premieres; an all-Britten program celebrating the composer’s centennial; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey as the film was screened; the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour; and a staged production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. High points of Mr. Gilbert’s first four Philharmonic seasons included the critically celebrated productions of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (2010) and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2011) — both cited as the top cultural events of their respective years — as well as Philharmonic 360 at Park Avenue Armory (2012), the acclaimed spatial music program featuring Stockhausen’s Gruppen, and A Dancer’s Dream: Two Ballets by Stravinsky (2013, and later presented in movie theaters internationally). Other highlights included World Premieres of works by Magnus Lindberg, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, and composers featured on CONTACT!; Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection, on A Concert for New York on September 10; Mr. Gilbert’s Philharmonic debut as violin soloist in J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins; five concerts at Carnegie Hall; six tours to Europe; and the Asia Horizons tour.

Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading orchestras nationally and internationally, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has appeared at The Metropolitan, Los Angeles, Zurich, Royal Swedish, and Santa Fe opera companies. In 2014–15 he conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra’s season-opening concerts and on tour in Lucerne, Berlin, and London; Mozart’s Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera; and The Philadelphia, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and NDR Symphony orchestras.

In September 2011 Alan Gilbert became Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, where he is also the first holder of Juilliard’s William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 leading John Adams’s Doctor Atomic; the DVD and Blu-ray of this production received the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Renée Fleming’s recent Decca recording Poèmes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. Earlier releases garnered Grammy Award nominations and top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone magazine.

Mr. Gilbert studied at Harvard University, The Curtis Institute of Music, and Juilliard and was assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra (1995–97). In May 2010 he received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Curtis, and in December 2011 he received Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award for his “exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music.” In 2014 he was elected to The American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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Come de Bellescize

French author and theatrical stage director Côme de Bellescize began working in opera in 2012. After receiving his bachelors of arts degree in literature from La Sorbonne, he studied acting at L’École Claude Mathieu. He then decided to dedicate himself to writing and directing, creating the company Théâtre du Fracas. Between 2004 and 2007 he wrote and directed Les Errants, which was stage for 75 performances in Paris and Avignon, France, and Istanbul, Turkey; this work received the Paris jeunes talents award. He went on to direct Maxim Gorki's Sun’s Children, which played at Theatre de l’Ouest Parisien and Théâtre 13.


Since 2011 Mr. de Bellescize directed Ah Anabelle at Théâtre Nanterre Amandiers, and wrote Amédée, which he directed at Théâtre de la Tempête (Cartoucherie de Vincennes) in May 2012 and at Theatre 13 in September–October 2013. For this play, he was nominated in the best author category at the Beaumarchais prize, organized by Le Figaro. In the summer of 2012 he directed Honegger’s oratorio Joan of Arc at the Stake (with a text by French poet, dramatist, and diplomat Paul Claudel) at the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, conducted by Kazuki Yamada. Mr. de Bellescize has been invited to return to that festival in August 2015 to direct Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict, which is scheduled to be conducted by Seiji Ozawa. In December 2013 Mr. de Bellescize directed actors and musicians in a production based on correspondence between Pauline Viardot and G. Rossini, staged at Fondation La Poste and produced by the academy of the Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Lyric Art. His next theatrical play, Eugénie, will be premiered at Paris’s Théâtre de la Tempête in January 2015.


Actress (Joan)

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard is internationally renowned for her unbridled commitment to her art, challenging herself with each new role. Recently, she has been seen in Blood Ties, Lowlife, and Two Days, One Night. Last year she played in Rust and Bone, which was premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival; her performance in it garnered wide critical acclaim, including receiving nominations as Best Actress from the British Academy Film (BAFTA), Golden Globe, César, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics Choice awards.

In 2008 Ms. Cotillard became the second French actress to ever win an Oscar, and the first to win an acting award for a performance in the French language; she received this worldwide critical acclaim for her portrayal of French singer Edith Piaf in the film La Vie en Rose. She also received BAFTA, Golden Globes, and César Best Actress awards for the role, as well as nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice Awards. She was also named Best Actress by critics’ organizations worldwide, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and London Film Critics Circle.

Marion Cotillard’s credits include the French Taxi film series, Love Me if You Dare, and Big Fish. She garnered her first César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in A Very Long Engagement. She then went on to star in A Good Year, Public Enemies, and Nine. Her performance in the last of these brought her Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award nominations, and she shared in a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance. Her additional credits include Inception, Midnight in Paris (which garnered Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award Best Motion Picture Nominations), Contagion, The Dark Knight Rises, and Little White Lies.

In 2010 Ms. Cotillard was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to the enrichment of French culture. Born in Paris, she studied drama at Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Orléans.


Actor (Brother Dominique)

Eric Genovese

Eric Génovèse, named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, graduated from the Paris National Conservatory for Drama in 1991. He has performed major roles in movies, television, and productions of works by Pasolini and Corneille staged by Jaques-Wajeman and Nordey.

Mr. Génovèse performs important works of the classical and contemporary drama repertoire including Claudel’s L’Echange; Shakespeare’s Hamlet and The Tempest; Molière’s L’Avare, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope, and Amphitryon; Racine’s Phèdre, Andromaque, and Mithridate; and Corneille’s Tite et Bérénice, Clitandre, and La Place Royale; as well as works by Feydeau, Rostand, Duras, Kushner, Copi, Noren, La Fontaine, and others. In recent seasons, Mr. Génovèse performed in De Filippo’s La Grande Magie, Zylberstein’s Les Naufragés, Duras’s La Pluie d’Eté, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac.

Mr. Génovèse appearances as narrator in concert performances have included Berlioz’s Lélio, Debussy’s Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, Honegger’s Le Roi David, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, Tansman’s Le Serment, Poulenc’s L’Histoire de Babar, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox, Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Grieg’s Peer Gynt with the orchestras of Radio-France, Luxembourg, Lorraine, and l’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Orchestre National de France. He has collaborated with conductors such as Masur, Nelson, Krivine, Altinoglu, Spinosi, and Cosma, as well as with the Wanderer Trio, Claire Désert, Muza Rubackyté, and Matthias Goerne. He made his Japanese debut at Seiji Ozawa's Saito Kinen Festival in 2012, performing in Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake.

Eric Génovèse started staging theater in 2001, and he has since directed Garnier’s Les Juives, Pessoa’s Le Privilège des chemins, and Lemoine’s Erzulie Dahomey. In the field of opera, he staged Verdi’s Rigoletto and Liebermann’s Die Schule der Frauen, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, and Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (the last starring Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Ildebrando D’Archangelo, and the Vienna Staatsoper, conducted by Evelino Pido).



Actor (Narrator)

christian gonon

Christian Gonon entered the Jean Périmony Course when he moved to Paris when at the age of 18, and in 1982 he enrolled in the National School of Arts and Theatre Techniques. In 1998 he joined the Comédie Française as an auxiliary in the role of Pacorus in Corneille’s Surena; after that performance, as well as his portrayal of Eilif in Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, he became a resident of the troop. Mr. Gonon has since appeared in many roles, including Maxime in Cenna by Corneille (2000), Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (2001), and Man and The Fox in La Fontaine’s Fables (2004), Bouli Miro by Fabrice Melquiot (2004, which he also directed), Cassius in Tête d’or by Paul Claudel (2006), Gremio in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (2007), and Jack in The Ordinary by Michel Vinaver (2009). He became a regular member of the Comédie Française in 2009.

Mr. Gonon’s engagements away from that company have included the roles of de Guiche in Cyrano de Bergerac at Théâtre Mogador (1983), Edward in The Seventh Heaven by Caryl Churchill at the Théâtre du Chaudron (1992), D’Artagnan in the Three Musketeers (for which he garnered the Jean Marais Prize for best actor in 1991), and Maffio in Lucretia Borgia by Victor Hugo at Regional Théâtre 71.

Christian Gonon has appeared in a variety of short films, including Memento by Jean-Max Peteau (1992), for which he received the Grand Prize of Avoriaz and the Audience Award at Clermont Ferrand in 1993. He has also appeared in the film Chambre Oscure by Guillaume Georget, and his television credits include the movie A Day in Luxembourg by Jean Baronet for Arte (1994). 


Soprano (Marguerite)


Mezzo-Soprano (Catherine)



Thomas Blondelle

Thomas Blondelle studied singing, piano, and musicology in Bruges and Leuven, Belgium. He won First Prize in the Dexia Classics competition (in 2001), a special prize for young talent at the Vinas Competition in Barcelona (2005), and second prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (2011). His 2013–14 season include his De Nederlandse Opera debut as David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and the roles of Froh in Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Lucerne Festival and Walther in Wagner’s Tannhäuser at the BBC Proms; Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth, and Ismaele in Verdi’s Nabucco at Deutsche Oper Berlin. He also returns to Strasbourg’s Opéra national du Rhin as Erik in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and makes his U.S. debut as Nikolaus Sprink in Kevin Puts’s Silent Night for Cincinnati Opera.

Mr. Blondelle was a soloist of the Staatstheater Braunschweig from 2006 to 2009, singing Belmonte in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, Orlando in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, Cassio in Verdi’s Otello, Eisenstein in Richard Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Boris in Janáček’s Katja Kabanova, and Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata. Since 2009, he has been a soloist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin where he has sung leading roles in operas by Prokofiev and Poulenc, as well as Mozart and Verdi. He appeared in new productions at the Vienna Volksoper, Bavarian Staatsoper, Brussels’s Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and performed at the Grand Théâtre de Luxemburg, De Vlaamse Opera, Opéras en plein air Paris, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg, and Opéra de Toulon.

A dedicated recitalist and concert singer, Thomas Blondelle has worked with conductors including Marc Albrecht, Bertrand de Billy, Michail Jurowski, Andrew Litton, Jiří Kout, Sigiswald Kuijken, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, Simon Rattle, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer, Michael Schønwandt, Steven Sloane, and Kazuki Yamada.




Soprano (Virgin)

In the 2013–14 season soprano Erin Morley returned to The Metropolitan Opera to sing her first Sophie in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, followed by her company debuts at Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Dijon (as Sandrina in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera), as well as with Munich’s Bavarian Staatsoper (Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto). In the summer of 2014 Ms. Morley returns to Santa Fe Opera for a double bill of Mozart’s The Impresario (Madame Silberklang) and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (title role). Future engagements include leading roles at the Met, Opéra National de Paris, Vienna Staatsoper, and Houston Grand Opera. During the 2012–13 season Ms. Morley sang her first Gilda at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofìa in Valencia; returned to her home company, the Met, as Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites; and appeared with the Houston Symphony, led by Hans Graf, in Brahms’s A German Requiem, and The Philadelphia Orchestra in Carmina burana with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. In 2011–12 the soprano appeared in the Met’s Grammy Award–winning Ring Cycle, directed by Robert Lepage, as Woglinde in Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, and as the Forest Bird in Siegfried. In the summer of 2012 Ms. Morley returned to Santa Fe Opera as Roxana in Szymanowski’s King Roger. A 2010 graduate of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Erin Morley completed her artist diploma at The Juilliard Opera Center in 2007, where she received the Florence & Paul DeRosa Prize. She earned her master of music degree from The Juilliard School and her bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Morley made her New York Philharmonic debut on a Young People’s Concert in 2006, conducted by Delta David Gier; her most recent appearance was in 2012 in Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia espansiva, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert.

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This concert is made possible with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Major support is also provided by Laura Chang and Arnold Chavkin.


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