Orchestre National de France
Fabien Gabel conductor
Anne Sofie von Otter mezzo-soprano
Chœur de femmes de Radio France direction Sofi Jeannin
Anne Sofie von Otter sings Berlioz's Summer Nights, accompanied by the Orchestre National de France in its favourite repertoire
The Orchestre National de France's first concert in the Theatre this season will see the return of the young French conductor Fabien Gabel, one of the most talented conductors of his generation. Gabel is now musical director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, but has long been a regular at the head of the Orchestre National de France. First assistant to Kurt Masur during his term there, he has had several opportunities to conduct the orchestra. For this autumn concert, he is offering a mixed programme of Strauss, Berlioz and Debussy, in other words, the orchestra's core repertoire. And to serve the melodical Summer Nights, the theatre has invited Anne Sofie van Otter who, like Felicity Lott or Anna Caterina Antonacci, belongs to the very select circle of the finest foreign performers of French prosody.