Mélanie Diener, Soprano – Vadim Repin, Violin – Kurt Masur And The French National Orchestra – September 24, 2009 – Radio France Musique –
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Over to Paris this week for a concert by the French National Orchestra, conducted by the late Kurt Masur and featuring Mélanie Diener, Soprano and Vadim Repin, violin in music of Brahms and Beethoven – broadcast live from the stage of Théåtre des Champs-Elysées on September 24, 2009.
The concert begins with the Brahms Violin Concert, with Vadim Repin as soloist. The concert continues and concludes with music from Egmont by Beethoven, with Soprano Mélanie Diener as soloist.
Mélanie Diener has won numerous prizes at international competitions such as the Internationaler Mozartwettbewerb Salzburg and the Queen Sonja International Music Competition. She made her debut in concert in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Paulus in 1995. In 1996, she made her stage debut as Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Garsington Opera. She appeared in the same role a year later at the Bavarian State Opera. Diener performed the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera House. In 1997 at the Salzburg Festival, she appeared as the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She performed the title role of Korngold’s Die Kathrin for the BBC that year.
Diener appeared as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 1998. The same year, she appeared as Agathe in Weber’s Der Freischütz at the Vienna State Opera. She made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Elsa in Lohengrin in 1999 and performed the role the following two years. In Vienna, she also appeared as Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo in 2000, as Contessa Almaviva in his Le nozze di Figaro in 2002, as Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes in 2005, and as Elvira, Elsa, and Chrysothemis in Elektra by Richard Strauss in 2007. In 2013, she appeared as Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, a role which she also performed at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg.
In concert, Diener also sang the soprano parts in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Elias, Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms, Verdi’s Requiem, and Britten’s War Requiem, among others. In 1998, she appeared in Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s cantata La vita nuova in Munich on the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death.
At the age of 17, Vadim Repin became the youngest winner of violin section of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, the world’s premier violin competition. He was a member of the jury in the 2009 violin section of this competition.
Vadim Repin has played under such leading conductors as Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, and Yehudi Menuhin. He has also played with Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas (with whom he made his United Kingdom debut at The Lichfield Festival in 1985), James Levine, Kurt Masur, Edo de Waart, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mstislav Rostropovich, Myung-whun Chung and Riccardo Muti.
Repin has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with Nikolai Lugansky and Itamar Golan in recital; other chamber music partners include Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang and Mischa Maisky.
Vadim Repin has been a frequent guest at festivals such as the BBC Proms, Tanglewood, Gstaad and Verbier. In 2010 he played the premiere of James MacMillan Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Gergiev which was dedicated to him.
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