Patricia Petibon - Nouveau Monde
Patricia Petibon - sopran
La Cetra Barockorchester Basel
Eva Borhi - concertmaster
Patricia Petibon embodies all the positive stereotypes of Frenchness in her art. It features elegance, fantasy, humour and freedom, which enables the singer to create unconventional concert programmes with unpretentious boldness, such as the one she will perform at Opera Rara Festival: Nouveau Monde - The New World. This New World clearly refers to the American continent, but for Patricia Petibon it is also a metaphor for new sound spaces, travelling, crossing borders and making discoveries. The artist juxtaposes traditional Peruvian songs with 18th century Spanish zarzuelas, Baroque French opera with English opera, which in turn she combines with folk music from these countries. She does it with such amazing skill that she manages to avoid the feeling of reading a chaotic travel agency catalogue with offers of trips to four corners of the world – instead, she presents a colourful panorama, which brings seemingly distant things together, showing the audience all their connections and similarities, which they had never imagined before.