“A Celestial opening for the 51st edition of the Chaise Dieu Festival”

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power is in no way synonymous with intensity. The latter came way ahead during the concert performed by the Banquet Céleste, conducted by Damien Guillon and his admirable soloists. The abbatial church was filled with an attentive audience, who appreciated the fluid music and the singers’ remarkable expressiveness in their representation of Maddalena ai Piedi di Cristo by Antonio Caldara. The ensemble’s promise of poignant intensity never failed; the audience rode on the sinner’s wave of extraordinary affects, and was swept away by the work’s operatic flair. Pierre-Olivier Febvret

- Opéra de Rennes