Paris Festival: back in June, the fifth edition is full of exceptional concerts

The Paris Festival, whose vocation is to offer prestigious concerts to the largest number of people in emblematic places in the capital, returns from June 16 after an earlier edition, which was to adapt to the pandemic. The 5th edition is no exception to the rule and offers a unique selection until June 29th. Here are all four appointments on the program.

The King’s singers at Saint-Germain-des-près Church on 16 June

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We no longer present this a cappella vocal formation that is famous all over the world. Created in 1968 by former students of King’s College Cambridge, it consists of 6 members – 2 counter tenors, a tenor, 2 baritones and a bass – and traditionally offers a repertoire that combines jazz, pop, gospel and traditional songs. For their extraordinary visit to Paris, they will offer the public an anthology of arias by John Tavener, Igor Stravinsky, Robert Parsons, Félix Mendelssohn and Maurice Duruflé.

All in the sublime Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which will reveal all the beauty of its painted decorations after the renovation in 2020. An extremely rare event worth the detour.

The King’s Singers, June 16, 8:30 p.m., Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church, Paris 6 ..

soprano marie perbost at the Museum of Romantic Life on June 22nd



An appropriate repertoire for the Musée de la Vie Romantique, performed by a soprano who excels in lying. For this second night at the Paris Festival, Marie Perbost, nominated for Lyrical Artist Revelation in 2020 at the Victoires de la Musique Classique, will perform in the Hotel Scheffer-Renan (Paris 9th) some of the most beautiful melodies from the romantic repertoire and song. lyrical, which in turn invokes the composers Reynaldo Hahn, Franz Schubert, Kurt Weill, André Messager or among others Marie Dubas.

Nicolas Chesneau, recognized as a conductor as much as a singer, will this time work at the piano to accompany the soprano. An ideal evening to relive the most beautiful hours at this place, which often saw George Sand come to visit, as a neighbor, the Dutch painter Ary Scheffer who lived there.

Marie Perbost, soprano, Nicolas Chesneau, piano, June 22, 20.30, Museum of Romantic Life, Paris 9.

david fray and victor julien-laferrière at the eiffel tower on june 27


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An evening among regulars. The place’s regulars as the Festival de Paris returns to the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, at an ideal pace, against the backdrop of the sunset over the capital during the concert. Also a regular at the festival, with pianist David Fray returning to the selection.

While again to be in charge of his festival L’Offrande musicale, which aims to promote the cause of disability in his home country, Hautes-Pyrénées, from June 29, he comes to perform on the keyboard a program in which he knows as his own trouser pocket and that he transmits with all his sensitivity and his sense of nuance.

Schubert – closest to his sensitivity in his words – Beethoven and Brahms will resonate in the heart of the Iron Lady, accompanied by one of the most ingenious cellists of his generation, Victor Julien-Laferrière, who has already been able to make his talent speak within the largest orchestral formations.

David Fray, piano, Victor Julien-Laferrière, cello, June 27 at 20.30, Eiffel Tower, Paris 7.

jakub jósef orlinski in Sainte-Chapelle on June 29


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A magnificent finish. The sublime Sainte-Chapelle, located in the heart of the Ile de la Cité, will resound from the top of its 15-meter windows with the incomparable voice of countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński. For the final concert of this 2022 edition, one of the most visited national monuments will be open to the Polish singer, now a must in the lyrical galaxy, and known for its ability to go beyond the framework to better appeal to all audiences, such as his talents as a Breakdance dancer.

Accompanied by the baroque ensemble “Il Giardino d’Amore” by his countryman Stefan Piewniak, he will offer a royal selection, with melodies by Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Friedrich Handel. What one can enjoy in the best conditions with the unsurpassed purity of his voice.

Jakub Józef Orliński, Il Giardino d’Amore, June 29, 20.30, Sainte-Chapelle, Paris 1st.

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