VIVALDI’S MOTEZUMA

in collaboration with Ensemble Caprice & Early Music Seattle

Vivaldi’s lost opera, Motezuma has recently been revived! Only parts of the manuscript survived and was discovered at the Berlin Sing-Akademie archive in 2002. Even though the libretto has always been known, the music was thought to be lost.

BSM’s Artistic Director Matthias Maute completed and reconstructed the remains of the manuscript, and we are proud to present this semi-staged opera on tour across 7 cities. With a full cast and a baroque orchestra, this opera gives the 16th century Aztec ruler of Mexico a fresh perspective.

If you love history and a display of Baroque vocal and instrumental techniques, this long lost gem is definitely for you! 

Cast
Marduk Serrano Lopez, Motezuma
Lisa Rodriguez, Teutile
Nerea Berraondo, Mitrena
Nayelli Acevedo, Asprano
Nelle June Anderson, Ramiro
Nicholas Chalmers, Fernando
Pedro Juan Fonseca, Motezuma (Actor)

Marduk Salam, Motezuma

Itinerant musician, multidisciplinary artist, Marduk inhabits the space of intersection between early music, dance, theatre and Latino and Afro-American traditional music. Seduced by music of the 17th and 18th centuries, he completed the Maîtrise programme at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.

His life spans the Atlantic, from Mexico to France where he performs regularly with ensembles such as La Partenope, Le Concert Sipirituel, Le Concert d’Astrée, L’Ensemble Elyma, Vox Cantoris, A Nocte Tempori; he’s a frequent guest of Les Arts Florissants. Singer of Camerata Melancolía, the first viola da gamba consort in Mexico, specialized in 17th century music.

In 2013 he created, with harpsichordist Santiago Álvarez, Un Ensamble de Raíz, a Mexican ensemble with a simple, personal, yet nonetheless historically informed point of view in the performance of early baroque European music.

In 2017 the project Marduk & las Flores Silvestres was born. This Latino-Queer band seeks to empower the LGBT communities through traditional music, soul, jazz and pop from the Americas.

All these pursuits have taken him to countries such as Guatemala, Colombia, France, Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Norway, the U.K., Lebanon, Sweden, Palestine, Austria, China, Ecuador, Japan, Korea, the United States.

He teaches singing and early music in Mexico and Guatemala. He is the voice instructor for the Academia de Música Antigua of the UNAM.

He has also been an actor in productions of “Museo Deseo Escena”, a Mexico City based independent contemporary theatre company, directed by Lydia Margules.

Lisa María Rodríguez, Teutile

Mexican soprano Lisa Maria Rodríguez began her musical training in Monterrey, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Music and Vocal performance by the University of Nuevo Leon in 2010. She continued her studies at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya with the Spanish soprano Marta Almajano, where she obtained a Master’s degree in Early Music in 2018.

During her artistic formation, she took master classes led by recognized early music interpreters such as Michel Chance, Suzie LeBlanc, Ellen Hargis, Julianne Baird, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Rosa Dominguez and Gabriel Garrido. She also attended interpretations courses of baroque music in Canada, USA, Mexico, France and Spain.

As part of her professional development, Lisa Rodriguez was awarded with several scholarships including the Program Impulse and Development for Quality Art by the Council for Culture and Arts of Nuevo León (CONARTE) in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and a scholarship to study for a Master’s degree in early music in Barcelona, Spain, in 2016.

Soprano Lisa Rodríguez has been a recurring soloist of the University of Nuevo Leon Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with the Mexican baroque orchestra La Parténope. Her repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to German Lied, making a special emphasis in baroque music.

Nerea Berraondo, Mitrena

Ms. Berraondo has worked with early music conductors and orchestras including Eduardo López Banzo, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alan Curtis, Jacques Ogg, Simon Carrington, Marcelo di Lisa, Matthias Maute, Pedro Gandía, Josetxu Obregón, Marian Rosa Montagut. Recently she has recorded Biagio Marini’s vocal music with her ensemble Aldatu on the Arsis recording label and Demofonte by Gluck with il Complesso Barocco conducted by Alan Curtis.

Reviews of her work in these roles include: “Nerea Berraondo is the new revelation. This Spanish mezzo has a seductive voice and a powerful low range” (trans. French, forumopera.com). “One of the most powerful and evocative voices of the current Spanish vocal landscape… A golden contralto that thrilled knowledgeable and demanding audiences…a voice brimming with generous fiato subtleties, dramatic overtones, enough roundness to leave grupetos embedded without concessions in the listener” (trans. Spanish, La Cronica de Leon). “The voice moves perfectly in the style, in the force arias as well in the recitatives. The contained arias were very beautiful – also showing nuanced expressivity, with admirable outsets, in piano, of the messa di voce. The agilities, clean and spectacular. Nerea Berraondo – with one of these mezzo-textured voices with high notes – excelled in her breeches role of Count of Castilla” (trans. Spanish, Diario di Noticias).

Nayelli Acevedo, Asprano

Born in Mexico City, she earned her bachelor’s degree in voice at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico. She later earned her Master’s degree in Early Music at Catalonia’s Music School, where she was a student of Spanish soprano Marta Almajano. She has participated in baroque music workshops and summer programs such as Ars Vocalis and the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College in New York.

As solist, she has performed “Susanna” in Mozart´s Le Nozze di Figaro and “Armida” in Handel’s Rinaldo. She also played “Cèphise” in Rameau’s Pygmalion for the first opera-ballet produced in Mexico. She has been a part of Mexico State’s Symphonic Orchestra Choir and the “Ensemble Escénico Vocal del Sistema Nacional de Fomento Musical”. She has also collaborated with Mexican baroque ensembles and orchestras such as “La Parténope”, “Cappella Barroca de México” and “Ensemble de Raíz”.

She’s part of the early music ensemble “Los Farsantes” along with soprano Lisa Rodríguez and harpsichordist Miguel Cicero. Some conductors with whom she has worked are Horacio Franco, Oliver Brian, Pedro Memelsdorff, Emilio Moreno and Xavier Díaz Latorre.

Nelle June Anderson, Ramiro

Soprano Nelle June Anderson is a multi-disciplinary artist based in the Minneapolis, MN. Last year she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Performing Arts, where she performed new arrangements of Bellini, Debussy, and Poulenc vocal works. She also starred in feature film American Tender, Indie Vision Award winner at the Twin Cities Film Festival, for which she sang the score. Nelle recently represented the Bach Society of Minnesota at the St. Paul Music Crawl and performed leads in Maelstrom: The Zombie Opera (Official Recording), Orpheus in the Underworld (Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company), Il Matrimonio Segreto (Oberlin in Italy), and Fauré’s Requiem (Bard College Conservatory, The Conductors Institute). She has performed in masterclasses with Dawn Upshaw, Nic Muni, Rufus Müller, and Ari Pelto, and is a graduate of the OperaWorks Emerging Artist Program.

Nelle won First Prize in the 2014 Schubert Club Annual Scholarship Competition. Upcoming projects include a lead in award-winning web series Utopia Planitia and a pop album of original and collaborative tracks. Nelle graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Bard College, where she also studied poetry. 

Nicholas Chalmers, Fernando

Nicholas Chalmers, tenor, is thrilled to once again sing with the Bach Society of Minnesota! He has sung with The Rose Ensemble, the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, Glorious Revolution Baroque, Transept, The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, and the Minnesota Chorale. Recent solo engagements include the Oratorio Society, the Schubert Club, the Church Music Association of America, the St. Mark’s Cathedral Concert Series, Minnesota Center Chorale, Border CrosSing, and Lyra Baroque.

Nicholas received a B.M. in music from St. Olaf College, where he was section leader of the Saint Olaf Choir under the direction of Anton Armstrong, as well as an M.M. in Choral Conducting at the University of Minnesota, where he conducted several campus ensembles and held a Teacher’s Assistant position in the music theory department.

Nicholas is the Director of Choirs at Chesterton Academy in Edina and is Director of Music at Annunciation Church in South Minneapolis. He is also Artistic Director of the Mirandola Ensemble, which presents programs of rarely performed early music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras strategically juxtaposed with the compositions of 20th and 21st century composers. Sought after as an educator and clinician, during the 2018-2019 academic year Nicholas is piloted a high-school choral residency program in collaboration with Minnesota Public Radio’s Class Notes Artists program.  

Pedro Juan Fonseca, Motezuma (Actor)

Pedro is immensely proud to makes his debut with the Bach Society of Minnesota this season playing “Emperor Montezuma.” His previous work in the opera saw him playing “Zuniga” in La Tragedie de Carmen with University of Minnesota Opera, and The Making of Americans at the Walker Art Center. His work in theatre includes turns at the Guthrie Theater: BAD NEWS!…i was there, Native Gardens, Othello; Children’s Theater Company: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; Hope Summer Repertory Theatre: West Side Story, Shakespeare in Love; Park Square Theater: The Skin of Our Teeth, The Palabras Project; Walker Art Center: en masse; The Playwrights’ Center: The Very Last Wishes of Grandpa Joe or Mia & Hector Go Sightseeing, Pan Genesis, Bringing Jimmy Home, The Osama Bin Laden School for Terrorists; Red Bird Theater: A Bright Room Called Day; Commercial credits include Cenex (Super Bowl LI), Best Buy, Target, Invisilign, Anytime Fitness, Pepsi/Buffalo Wild Wings, and Comcast. Film and Television credits include Ramdan Fel-Marikan (Numidia TV – Algeria), Reconquista, Monster Quest: “Giant Squid Ambush” (The History Channel). Pedro has a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Minnesota.

Ensemble Caprice, a baroque ensemble which performs on period instruments, was founded by acclaimed recorder soloist Matthias Maute and has become known for its innovative and adventuresome approach to an increasingly expanding musical repertoire. In addition to its series of concerts in Montreal, the group tours extensively, giving dozens of concerts in Quebec, Canada, the USA, Europe, and even Asia. The ensemble is a regular guest at many prestigious European festivals: the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in London, the Bruges (Belgium) and Utrecht (Netherlands) festivals, the Felicia Blumenthal International Music Festival in Tel Aviv; and in Germany, the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, the Regensburg Early Music Festival, the Händel-Festspele in Halle, and the Stockstadt festival. In the USA the group performs at New York’s Frick Collection and Miller Theater, Boston’s Early Music Festival and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. In Canada, the ensemble can be heard at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Early Music Vancouver, Early Music Voices in Calgary, the Edmonton Chamber Music Society, the Elora Festival and the Festival International du Domaine Forget. This remarkable touring schedule has established Ensemble Caprice as one of the most important baroque ensembles on the present day musical scene. In November of 2009, the New York Times published a lengthy article hailing the musicians’ innovative and refreshing approach, praising them as “imaginative, even powerful; and the playing is top-flight”.

The Ensemble’s recording activity is every bit as impressive, comprising over twenty CD’s having appeared on the Analekta, ATMA Classique and Antes labels, sold in some fifty countries around the world. These recordings have gained many honors and much critical acclaim. The CD Gloria! Vivaldi and his Angels received a Juno Award in 2009 from the Canadian recording industry. The Conseil québécois de la musique presented the group with three prestigious Prix Opus awards: “Performer of the year”, “Concert of the year” for its performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass during the 2011 Montreal Bach Festival, and then again “Concert of the year” for Le Faste de la France, a collaboration with the Studio de Musique ancienne de Montréal. Ensemble Caprice was also recognized for its artistic approach and the quality of its performances by being selected “People’s choice” (2008-2009 season) and was a finalist in the music category for the Montreal Arts Council’s Grand Prix de Montréal for 2009. The group also earned the Echo Klassic award in Germany and several other nominations for the Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque and Prix Opus awards. And finally, the acclaimed publication Gramophone Magazine chose the group’s CD Telemann and the Baroque Gypsies as one of its recommended recordings.

* These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Dates & Locations

*Tuesday, Feb. 11 @ 7:00 pm
Trinity Chapel

Bethany Lutheran College
700 Luther Dr.
Mankato, MN 56001

Wednesday, Feb. 12 @ 7:30 pm
Buetow Music Center Auditorium
Concordia University Department of Music
300 Hamline Ave.
St Paul, MN 55104

*Friday, April 3 @ 7:30 pm
First Lutheran Church-Marshall
100 Church St.
Marshall, MN 56258

Tour

Tuesday, Feb. 4
Montreal, Canada

Saturday, Feb. 8
Seattle, WA

Sunday, Feb. 9
Seattle, WA

Friday, Feb. 14
Miami, FL

Sunday, Apr. 5
Washington, D.C.

Monday, Apr. 6
Washington, D.C.