ATMA Classique presents the debut recording of Le Nouvel Opéra, a Montreal-based company under the artistic leadership of soprano Suzie LeBlanc, with music director Alexander Weimann and stage director Marie Nathalie Lacoursiere. Their inaugural recording features Antonio Caldara’s oratorio La Conversione di Clodoveo, Rè di Francia — a work the company first performed in Potsdam in 2005, celebrating the the milennial anniversary of Christianity in Germany.
La Conversione di Clodoveo is scored for four solo voices and an ensemble of strings and winds. The all-Canadian cast on this recording features mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy in the role of Clodoveo; soprano Nathalie Paulin in the role of Clotilde, the king’s wife; Suzie LeBlanc as San Remigio; and countertenor Matthew White as Uberto.
One of the most interesting and appealing composers of the Italian Baroque, Antonio Caldara was also one of the most prolific in the history of music. Caldara left several hundred works, including more than 80 operas, 38 oratorios, 100 cantatas, hundreds of motets, more than 20 masses, several sonatas, madrigals, and about 300 vocal canons.