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Opening of the Berio Series

There was a scandal at la Scala in Milan the day Passaggio premiered in 1963. In the temple of lyric art, the anti-opera stance of Luciano Berio and Edoardo Sanguinetti caused a veritable "battlefield atmosphere" according to Umberto Eco. This messa in scena (staged mass) places the subject, captive and humiliated, darkly named "Elle" between two masses: a singing choir on stage and a spoken choir in the theater. The tension created is ever-present through the violent entrance of the speech of the crowd that successively incarnates social order, the order of the judge and religion, consumer society, and the performance.

Luis Fernando Rizo-SalomThe young Colombian composer, Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom, has also taken the spatial issue to the point of dramatic exaltation in his work. Three groups of musicians spread out in the concert space, while the electronic sounds creep closer to the listener via small loud-speakers placed under the seats. This sonorous manifest invites the listeners to "take part or simply listen".


  • Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom New work
    Commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and Radio France, World Premiere
  • Luciano Berio Passaggio


Julia Henning, soprano
Ensemble intercontemporain
Conducted by Susanna Mälkki
Cappella Amsterdam (singing choir)
Daniel Reuss, choirmaster
Le Jeune Chœur de Paris (speaking choir)
Geoffroy Jourdain, choirmaster
IRCAM Computer Music Design Robin Meier

An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Cité de la musique, Ensemble intercontemporain co-production. Part of the 4th Biennale d'art vocal.
Concert recorded by France Musique.

Photo: Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom © Johanna Salmon

Tuesday, June 9, 8:30pm / Cité de la musique, salle des concerts