The Generation Project: José van Dam & Sarah Defrise

St Bavo's Cathedral

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For the third year in a row the Ghent Festival presents The Generation Project.

Welcome to the riveting story of a start-up success versus a renowned master, two generations side-by-side on stage. After pairings of violinists and cellists, the artistic director Veerle Simoens has chosen a fascinating duo of singers for 2017.

No less a figure than our own bass-baritone José van Dam has taken on the role of mentor. His impressive international career has taken him from La Scala in Milan to the Opera in Paris, from the Metropolitan in New York to Covent Garden in London. He has sung with legendary conductors such as Von Karajan, Maazel and Abbado and has won countless prestigious awards.

At his side will be the young and upcoming soprano Sarah Defrise who shares with Van Dam her home town of Brussels. She has already performed at the Opera Royal de Wallonie and won competitions in Paris and Vivonne.

Accompanied by the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen under conductor Jan-Latham Koenig, Van Dam and Defrise have opted to perform several effervescent arias by Puccini, Mozart, Massenet and Wagner, among others. Sparkling vibes between two virtuosos!

On the occasion of the new academic year and the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Ghent University.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
From Le Nozze di Figaro: Overture, KV 492

Sarah Defrise 
From Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Aria van Kostanze ‘Ach! ich liebte’, KV 384
From Die Zauberflöte: Aria van Pamina ‘Ach! Ich fühl’s’, KV 620

José van Dam 
From Don Giovanni: Serenata van Don Giovanni‘Deh vieni alla finestra’, KV 527

José van Dam & Sarah Defrise
From Don Giovanni: ‘La ci darem la mano’, KV 527

José van Dam 
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 
From Elias: Aria ‘Es ist genug’, Op. 70

Jules Massenet
From Hériodiade: Prélude acte III 2

Sarah Defrise 
From Manon: Aria van Manon ‘Suis-je gentille ainsi?... Profitons bien de la jeunesse’

José van Dam 
From Manon: Rec. Aria Le Comte des Grieux
‘Les grands mots que voilà...Epouse quelque brave fille’

José van Dam 
Maurice Ravel
Don Quichotte à Dulcinée: Chanson romanesque, Chanson épique et Chanson à boire, M.84

Pietro Mascagni
From Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo nr. 3

Georges Bizet
From Carmen Suite 1: Les Toréadors

Sarah Defrise 
Gaetano Donizetti
From Don Pascquale: Aria van Norina ‘Quel gardo il cavaliere’

José van Dam 
Gioacchino Rossini
From Il Barbieri di Siviglia: Aria van Don Basilio ‘La calunnia è un venticello’

José van Dam & Sarah Defrise
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
From Le Nozze di Figaro: ‘Cinque, dieci, venti, trenta’, KV 492b


José van Dam, bass-baritone
Sarah Defrise, soprano
Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig