Canadian condutor Bernard Labadie conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in Rameau, Neruda and Handel this weekend (April 29-May 2). We reached him in Quebec City to talk about his debut with the Orchestra.
Mike Telin: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk and congratulations on all of your successes during the past few months.
Bernard Labadie: Thank you very much, and it has been a very good year.
MT: In addition, you will be making your Cleveland Orchestra debut next week.
BL: Yes, absolutely. It is quite exciting actually.
MT: You also made your Metropolitan Opera debut this season.
BL: Yes and I also did my Concertgebouw debut as well.
MT: We must not forget the rave reviews you received for your New York performances of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and the Bach ‘Christmas Oratorio’ with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Quebec.
BL: Yes, the performances went very well.
MT: Regarding the program for next week, I see you are doing Handel’s ‘Water Music’. Will that be the complete or just one or two of the suites.
BL: We’ll be doing all three suites, so that will be the whole second half. It is actually a very substantial second half.
MT: The first half will be the Neruda ‘Trumpet Concerto’ with Michael Sachs as well as your own arrangement of a suite from Rameau’s opera ‘Dardanus’. Can you tell me a little bit about the Rameau? [Read more…]