October 3rd octobre 2021
Anna Sigalevitch has chosen to put Pauline Viardot in the spotlight in the radio programme Classic & Co on France Inter, on 3 October 2021. She talks about the tribute concert on Wednesday 6 October at the Opéra Comique in Paris.
For the commemorations of the bicentennial of the birth of this immense musician and polymath, it was finally time to delve into her life and work!
Several events have been organised since the beginning of 2021 to mark this year of homage, in partnership with the Opéra Comique, the Centre Européen de Musique, the Institut de France - France Mémoire, the Académie de Paris and the Musée de la Vie romantique. Others are taking place throughout Europe. Classic & Co looks back at the life of Pauline Viardot, the object of renewed interest thanks to the combined action of all these events: "an extraordinary and unusual personality. She fascinated and inspired the greatest artists and intellectuals of her time: from Musset to Gounod, who wrote his first opera, Sapho, for her, as well as Berlioz, Meyerbeer and Georges Sand, who adored her and made her the heroine of her novel "Consuelo". There was also Chopin, Wagner, Clara Schumann, to whom she was close, not forgetting of course Tourgueniev, who was passionate about her for many decades...".
Symbol of the Europe of culture
As Anna Sigalevitch points out, quoting Jorge Chaminé, founding president of the European Music Centre, the memory of Pauline Viardot has a very special resonance: "She shone throughout Europe, handling both notes and words with talent, and she spoke six languages, so much so that for Jorge Chaminé, who is in charge of the day organised by the European Music Centre at the Opéra Comique next Wednesday, she is "the founding mother of cultural Europe".
See you on Wednesday 6 October at the Opéra Comique at 8pm for an exceptional concert on the work of Pauline Viardot.