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
Ouverture Le Nozze di Figaro, KV 492

From Le Nozze di Figaro:
‘Giunse alfin il momento...
Deh vieni, non tardar’, KV 492

From La Clemenza di Tito:
‘S’altro che lacrime’, KV 621

From Die Zauberflöte: ‘Ach! Ich fühl’s’, KV 620
Concert-aria ‘Mentre ti lascio, o figlia’ KV 513

From Le Nozze di Figaro: ‘Non più andrai’ KV 492

From Don Giovanni: ‘Deh vieni alla finestra’ KV 527

Giacomo Puccini
Uit Gianni Schicchi: ‘O mio babbino caro’

Jules Massenet
Uit Manon: ‘Suis-je gentille ainsi?...Profitons bien de la jeunesse’

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Uit Elias: Aria ‘Es ist genug’, Op. 70

Richard Wagner
FromTannhäuser: ‘O du, mein holder Abendstern’, WWV 70

Jules Massenet
From Manon: ‘Les grands mots que voilà...Epouse quelque brave fille’

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
From Don Giovanni: ‘La ci darem la mano’, KV 527
From Le Nozze di Figaro: ‘Cinque, dieci, venti, trenta’, KV 492


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