I Solisti del Vento
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I Solisti del Vento

a theatrical ensemble

When Mozart placed an arrangement of Le Nozze di Figaro for winds in the final act of his opera Don Giovanni, he illustrated the close connection between wind music and music theatre. A large part of the classicistic wind repertoire does consist of tasteful arrangements of popular operas. The wind ensemble’s various sound colour made it possible for arrangers to process a large scale of musically dramatic information within a relatively small formation. Various composers encouraged the arrangement of their opera music for winds and were pleased to authorize all sorts of transcriptions of their arias, duets or choir melodies. I Solisti del Vento acknowledges the historic affiliation between wind ensemble and (music) theatre and therefore regularly dares confronting artists from various performing disciplines.

music theatre & musical narrations

Every season the ensemble elaborates one music theatre or opera production closely related to the wind repertoire. In 2005 the ensemble participated in Theatre Stap’s (Theater Stap) music theatre production Frankenstein. In 2006 I Solisti del Vento paid tribute to Mozart, staging two of his opera’s. Cooperating with Theatre Transparent (Theater Transparant) and poet Stefan Hertmans, the ensemble produced You Who Know (Jullie die weten), a music theatre production based on Le Nozze di Figaro. A fresh interpretation of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni was presented under the title Don G. in cooperation with Theatre Taptoe (Theater Taptoe) and Jeunesses Musicales Flanders (Jeugd en Muziek Vlaanderen). The ensemble’s curriculum states a contemporary music theatre version of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, arranged by Daniel Capelletti, as well. In the musical tale of Olek Shot a Bear (Olek schoot een beer) the ensemble performs music of Wim Henderickx interwoven with the narration of international laureate writer Bart Moeyaert. The success of this production lies at the bottom of Olek, a new cooperation with Theatre Taptoe in which the narration is put on stage.

 



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In 2009 the ensemble brought an unique adaptation of Mozart's Requiem with Muziektheater Transparant, called A new Requiem. This arrangement was written by the proficiently Christian Köhler. The text was written by Jeroen Brouwers and artist Roger Raveel made drawings that smoothly joined text and music. The tour of this production through Belgium and the Netherlands was so succesful that it got asked again next year at Theater Aan Zee, and it even got invited for a tour in Norway. In October 2009 the text by Jeroen Brouwers and drawings by Roger Raveel were published in book form (including CD with the musical recordings).

With the production Rossini's secret recipe the ensemble produced its very first production on its own initiative. It's based on Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, but in an arrangement for winds and double base by Vincenzo Gambaro. Given the exceptional nature of this score, the ensemble traveled to the library of Verona and had to contact the library of Milan and Modena multiple times before it could be found and shipped to Belgium. The educational presentation was made by Jeugd en Muziek Vlaanderen.

During the same season as Rossini's secret recipe the ensemble came out with the musical tale The Marquis of Carbas, after Perraults tale Puss in Boots. The text of this story was edited by Herman Mariën and put to music by conductor and great composer Robert Groslost. The story was told by all-round actor Warre Borgmans.

 

Watch compilations and videos of our music theatre productions

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