Ravel’s Magical Opera is anything but child’s play. A sharp-edged, whimsical opera about a naughty child and his toys who come alive to harangue their young tormentor. The performance is enhanced with set design by Anne Patterson and light design by Jeff Lincoln, allowing every shimmering detail in the score to come alive when Ludovic Morlot conducts the Seattle Symphony in music by fellow Frenchman, Maurice Ravel. Spotlighting vocal soloists, chorus and a full symphony orchestra, L’enfant et les sortilèges presents Ravel at his most incisive and revealing. For the ultimate immersion in Ravel’s fanciful world of sound, don’t miss this rarely performed production by the Seattle Symphony.
Presented 1 hour prior to each performance in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.
Ask the Artist
Ask the Artist to follow the Saturday (Jun 3) night concert. Both events free with ticket purchase.
1 hour, 52 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall
The French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Amongst the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra has won two Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, as reported in the The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”
20-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 15. His debut recording on the prestigious label featured Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 466 & 467 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Christian Zacharias.
Critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier has distinguished herself on the most prestigious stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, and the Opéra-Comique in Paris. She was recently hailed for her portrayal of Medea at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as having a “great presence” and “brassy voice”.
Holder of a master’s degree in musicology from the Sorbonne, a Prix degree from the CNSM in Paris and many awards from international competitions, Delphine Haidan was trained at the Paris Opera’s Ecole de Chant.
Rachele Gilmore has established herself as one of America's most sought after coloratura sopranos, and continues to thrill audiences around the globe.
Jean-Paul Fouchecourt is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost interpreters of the French baroque repertoire. His performances and over one hundred recordings including works by Rameau, Lully and Campra have received huge acclaim. He has also mastered repertoire from Berlioz to Offenbach, Ravel, Britten and Verdi.
Mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy’s voice has been described as radiant, dusky, incandescent, and sumptuous; her presence on stages in Canada, the United States and France have drawn comments such as noble, spellbinding, charming and seductive.
Soraya Mafi graduated from the Royal College of Music. A Harewood Artist at English National Opera, she is the winner of the 2014 Maggie Teyte Prize and 2016 Susan Chilcott Award, and won 2nd Prize at the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
Alexandre Duhamel showed an early interest in classical music, singing and theatre. As a teenager, he was part of a troupe in which he played several roles over the period of seven years. Later, he studied journalism at La Sorbonne Université, while continuing his vocal studies with Yves Sotin and later, Malcolm Walker at Paris National Conservatoire. Throughout his studies, he also benefited from the teachings of Malcolm King and Tom Krause. Currently, he is working under the guidance of Susan McCulloch and Alain Fondary.
A native of Québec, Alexandre Sylvestre studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where he successfully obtained the “Premier Prix avec Grande Distinction.”
The Northwest Boychoir’s musical sophistication, rich tonal quality, dedication to exacting perfection, and extensive performance schedule have established its reputation as one of the nation’s premier children's choirs.
The Seattle Symphony Chorale serves as the official chorus of the Seattle Symphony. Over its past four decades, the Chorale has grown in artistry and stature, establishing itself as a highly respected ensemble.
Support for Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges is generously provided by the Judith Fong Music Director’s Fund. Concert sponsorship provided by the Nesholm Family Foundation. Audience development supported by The Wallace Foundation.