A charming 1900s atmosphere pervades Evian. Its ideal location near Lake Geneva makes it one of the most famous spa towns of the Belle Epoque. Today, we will visit the ancient baths, the Villa Lumière (former summer residence of the famous family of inventors) and Buvette Cachat, the spring of that world-renowned mineral water. We will take the funicular to gain height. Prepare to be dazzled: the panoramic view of Lake Geneva is breathtaking. There, in this serene and protected environment, the Ermitage and Royal hotels (built to accommodate King Edward VII in 1909) welcome you with all the best modern comforts (spa, Michelin-starred restaurant, golf, etc.). Impossible to resist the intoxicating charm of the large wooded park of the Evian Resort!
A few steps from there, the Grange au Lac concert hall prolongs the enchantment. Built in 1993, the auditorium is one of the most beautiful venues in France with its stage surrounded by a hedge of dried birch trees. Its exceptional acoustics will offer a splendid rendering of Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes by the cream of young French singers (Fuchs, Devieilhe, Vidal, etc.), as well as a fine Lully evening under the baton of the great conductor Leonardo García Alarcón. Crowning this timeless journey, Benjamin Bernheim offers an intimate recital in a radiant programme.
At 20h, at the Grange au Lac:
BENJAMIN BERNHEIM RECITAL
Orchestre des Pays de Savoie
Nicolas Chalvin Conductor
Benjamin Bernheim Tenor
A darling of La Fugue and music lovers alike! At each recital, Benjamin Bernheim dazzles us with his beautiful, clear and forthright tenor’s voice. Equally comfortable in the French and German repertoires, the young French-Swiss singer has also specialised in the leading roles of Verdi and Puccini operas. In the splendid intimacy of La Grange au Lac, Bernheim is back to delight us with a magnificent array of 19th century bel canto arias. Let it be said that this young man, combining technical virtuosity with radiant expression, is already one of the formidable singers of today!
At 20h, at the Grange au Lac:
LES INDES GALANTES, J.P. RAMEAU
Leonardo García Alarcón Conductor
With Julie Fuchs, Sabine Devieilhe,
Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Mathias Vidal,
The first of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s six opera-ballets, Les Indes Galantes is one of the absolute masterpieces of Baroque music. On conductor Leonardo García Alarcón’s own admission, the work (created in 1735) is an extraordinary “machine of enchantment”. The Indies should be understood in a broad sense here, since they extend to Turkey, Persia, Peru and North America through mesmerising danced ballets. To revive this jewel of a wonderful modernity, La Grange au Lac showcases the best (and now famous) young French singers: Julie Fuchs, Sabine Devieilhe, Edwyn Crossley-Mercer, Jodie Devos, Matthias Vidal… A magical evening!
At 15h, at the Grange au Lac :
350TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PARIS OPERA
THE LYRICAL TRAGEDY FROM THE MUSIC ACADEMY CREATION TO THE REVOLUTION
Ensemble Les Ombres
Singers of Paris Opera Academy
Works of Lully, Rameau, Glück
In 2019, the Grange au Lac hosts a significant event: the 350th anniversary of the Paris Opera. After the parisian production of Les Indes galantes, it is time for the Opera Academy, partner of the festival, to pay tribute to the early hours of its noble institution. Since 1669, date of its creation by Lully, to the Revolution, the Paris Opera gave to the ‘‘lyrical tragedy’’ its letters of nobility. Lully, of course, who composed fourteen of them! then Rameau, whose well-known opera-ballet Les Indes galantes stand alongside a lot of tragic pearls; and lastly Gluck, eternal Orfeo ed Euridice’s author, will light up every aspect of primary form and supreme form of opera.
Hôtel Ermitage (****)
Double room southside package: 700 €
Supplement for single room southside: 249 €
Double room deluxe Lake package: 900 €
Supplement for single room deluxe Lake: 450 €
Hôtel Royal (*****)
Double room park package: 1 040 €
Supplement for single room park: 515 €
Double room Lake package: 1 280 €
Supplement for single room Lake: 756 €