Recitals in the Mediterranean
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- A musical cruise in partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE, with the exceptional presence on board of Alain Duault and of artists.
- A cruise to discover the wonders of the Adriatic, from Venice, la Serenissima, to Athens, the City of the Gods.
- Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the lagoon of Venice, the old town of Dubrovnik, the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflio), the Acropolis of Athens (your disembarkation port).
- Ports of call in three countries: Italy Croatia and Greece.
- Crossing the Corinth Canal.
- Sailing in the Bay of Kotor.
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- LE LYRIAL
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- Musical cruise with Radio Classique
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Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Lyrial like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.
We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.
Port of call & excursions
VeniceEmbarkation 10/06/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 10/06/2019 at 18H00 .
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.
11 June 2019 – HvarArrival 11/06/2019 midday. Departure 11/06/2019 late afternoon.
Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, it is possible to discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is also a good place to try some of local produce.
12 June 2019 – DubrovnikArrival 12/06/2019 early morning. Departure 12/06/2019 early afternoon.
Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.
12 June 2019 – Sailing in the Bay of KotorArrival 12/06/2019. Departure 12/06/2019.
The long walls of the fortified city of Kotor unfurl before your eyes as you admire this medieval construction enclosed between the sea and the rugged cliffs from the decks of your ship. The still, deep waters of the bay plus the clouds of mist floating here and there create a surreal and magical atmosphere. Small islands with churches and fortresses built on them remind us that a proud maritime people has lived here for centuries, in this bay that forms a perfect natural harbour, used by sailors since ancient times. At the crossroads of Latin and Byzantine cultures, you will have the pleasure of observing the natural treasures of Montenegro during an unforgettable journey.
13 June 2019 – BariArrival 13/06/2019 early morning. Departure 13/06/2019 midday.
Extending out along a fertile plain facing the Adriatic Sea amid infinite landscapes sculpted by the water and wind, Bari bears the traces of the peoples which, over the centuries, have conquered it, settled it, or simply visited it fleetingly before making their way to faraway lands. Though its exact origins are lost among the mysteries of archaeology, the many sites here provide evidence of the town’s rich past. The Saracens, Byzantines, Normans and Swabians have left a trace here, each bringing their own cultural baggage. During your stop here, stroll along the minuscule streets in Bari Vecchia, the historic centre, where you will find small churches and monuments from bygone eras.
14 June 2019 – Crossing the Corinth CanalArrival 14/06/2019. Departure 14/06/2019.
The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometres long and enables merchant vessels and passenger to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty metres. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience!
15 June 2019 – NafplionArrival 15/06/2019 early morning. Departure 15/06/2019 late afternoon.
The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. Some of the must-see visits are the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.
16 June 2019 – ParosArrival 16/06/2019 early morning. Departure 16/06/2019 late afternoon.
Famous for its white marble, the island of Paros is located in the Cyclades. Along the quays of Parikia, its main town, you’ll see Byzantine churches and neoclassical buildings. To make the most of the turquoise waters, you can stop over in Naoussa. This little fishing port is bounded by a very beautiful cove and offers more than one café to sit and unwind.
AthensDisembarkation 17/06/2019 at 07H00 .
The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.
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Musical cruise with Radio Classique
Musical cruise with Radio Classique
Every day this cruise alternates a solo piano or chamber music duo or trio concert, with a lyrical concert in various formations. It is the perfect opportunity to discover or rediscover a major artist and two budding young artists in these two genres.
Leaving from Venice, the cruise provides an ideal setting for the Italian repertoire in the lyrical programme. By contrast, as we sail through the dramatic scenery of Croatia and Dubrovnik, from the Kotor estuary to the Corinth Canal and Greek islands, the music will ricochet off places where Beauty was invented.
That is why I have put together a diverse programme, from Rossini to Chopin, Bellini to Schubert via Rachmaninov, Massenet and Mozart, all of whom were preoccupied with a Platonic idea of beauty. And in a way what we are going to hear mirrors what we will be seeing.
For this musical voyage, we have on board a bel canto star in soprano Patrizia Ciofi, and a group of artists on the cusp of becoming the stars of their time. They are: violinist Alexandra Conunova, cellist Edgar Moreau, mezzo-soprano Ambroisine Bré and tenor Julien Dran, with two pianists, Pierre-Yves Hodique and Antoine Palloc.
Six concerts will be held during this cruise.
Discover the delights of our cultural cruises where music takes centre stage, combining sumptuous scenery and exceptional artistic heritages.
A waterborne musical journey
Whether you are a fan of instrumental classical music or opera, or you prefer jazz or Celtic melodies, why not enjoy a different and very special experience aboard a PONANT ship? Set sail for a luxury cruise combining the charms of music and the sea.
These cultural cruises, where the tempo is set by concerts on land or at sea as well as a series of conferences, bring together music lovers and artists around a shared passion: music.
An exceptional selection of artists*
Aboard the ships, our guests of honour, all well-known artists, talented performers and brilliant virtuosos will share their knowledge and their passion in an accessible and intimate way.
According to the theme of each cruise, PONANT welcomes prestigious artists, be they pianists, violinists, singers and more.
Come and share alongside them the refined adventure of a PONANT musical cruise.
*See the list of guests of honour present during your cruise in the “Guests” tab.
The novelist, poet, journalist, musicologist and radio and television presenter Alain Duault has been sharing his passion for and knowledge of classical music for more than 30 years. Considered to be one of the greatest opera specialists in France he is now President of the Prix Pelléas jury, and has been made an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.
Alain Duault studied literature, philosophy and psycho-analysis in Paris, then musicology and piano. His first TV appearance was as a guest of Bernard Pivot for his book of poems, Colorature. This led to a number of radio programmes dedicated to classical music, notably on RTL, the radio station where Alain Duault would be “Mr Classical Music” for 22 years, before joining Radio Classique with daily slots until 2018. A role that he also took on for the France 3 television channel, presenting a number of exceptional programmes (masterclasses with Ruggero Raimondi in the Salle Gaveau, Musiques en fête at the Chorégies d’Orange festival…).
In 1999, he conceived and presented Intégrale Chopin (225 works, 60 pianists), broadcast on France 3. Then in 2001, he wrote and performed an ambitious and very popular show, Verdi, une passion, un destin (with Jean Piat and 250 musicians). In the wake of this success, he wrote and performed two other shows: Victor Hugo, la légende d’un siècle in 2002 and Rencontre avec George Sand (with Marie-Christine Barrault) in 2004 and 2005.
Alain Duault also puts his writing skills to the service of classical music. The author of a number of books, including Dans la peau de Maria Callas, (Le Passeur Éditeur, 2014, pocket edition, 2017), Dictionnaire amoureux illustré de l’Opéra (Plon Gründ, 2016), Ce léger rien des choses qui ont fui, poetry (Gallimard, 2017), he also writes editorials for Classica.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Laurent Rouvrais @Radio Classique
Julien DRAN started studying singing at an early age. At 22, he sang the role of the swan in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and then performed at the Sylvanes Sacred Music Festival. In 2007/2008, he was a boarder at the CNIPAL and was hired at the Marseille opera house (Aida, Mireille, Manon Lescaut). Then he took part in the festival Chorégies d’Orange (La Traviata) before winning the international opera competition of Clermont-Ferrand in 2009, the first prize of the Gayarre competition in Spain in 2011 and the first prize of the "Paris Opera Award" in 2012.
He has played different roles (Count Almaviva, Fenton, Lindoro, Nadir, Edgardo, Alfredo, Benedict...) on national and international scenes: the opera of Metz, Bordeaux, Massy, Modena, Marseille, Brussels (where he recorded his first release), Limoges, Fribourg, Avignon, the festival of Aix-en-Provence, Orange... In 2016, he made his debut at the Paris Opera performing in La Traviata and was part of the casting of Don Carlos in 2017.
Language spoken : French
Photo credit : Harcourt
Alexandra Conunova attracted public and critical acclaim when she won First Prize at the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hanover in the autumn 2012. In Summer 2015 she was awarded the Thrid Prize at the International Tchaykowski Violin Competition.
She is also fellowship winner of the prestigious Borletti-Buittoni Trust 2016 in London.
Highlighst among her récent and forthcoming solo engagements include performances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra deal Svizzera Italiana,NDR Hannover, Mariinsky Orchestra, Camerata Bern, National Philarmonic Orchestra of Russia with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Theodor Curentzis, Andrew Matze and Vladimir Spivakov, Gianandrea Noseda a.o.
She regulary appears in Festivals such as the Verbier Festival, Aix-en-Provence, Colmar Festival, Radio France Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and others.
Alexandra has been awarded the honorific title « Master of Arts » by the Moldvian President.
She is the founder of the « ArtaVie » charity foundation in her home town to help disabled people and young music students. Alexandra Conunova performs on a Santo-Seraphin violin, Venezia 1735, kindly lend to her by the Deutsche Stiftung Musik Leben Hamburg.
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit: ARR
Antoine Palloc was born in Nice, where he studied with Catherine Collard. From an early age, he specialized in vocal accompanying and studied with Dalton Baldwin and Martin Katz at the Westminster Choir College and the University of Michigan.
In his young career, he has already performed with such prestigious artists as Frederica Von Stade, Sonya Yoncheva, Norah Amsellem, Elisabeth Vidal, Nathalie Manfrino, Paul Gay, Annick Massis, Bruce Ford, Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Mireille Delunsch, Karine Deshayes, Patricia Petibon, Isabelle Cal, Elisabeth Vidal, David Daniels, Majella Cullagh, Brian Asawa, Anne-Sophie Duprels, Hedwig Fassbender, and Jennifer Larmore with whom he has recorded an album of American art songs (My Native Land) for the Teldec label and a DVD, Jennifer Larmore Live – VAI music.
His most recent engagements have taken him to the most known opera houses of Berlin, Nice, Toulouse, Lyon, Strasbourg, San Francisco, Rio, Geneva, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Edinburg, Monte Carlo, Kennedy Center, Hanoi, Beijing, Liceu, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Amsterdam, etc…
Antoine Palloc devotes part of his time to teaching and regularly coaches master classes at the Opéra Studio Bastille in Paris, Strasbourg Opera house, the Nagaoka lyric hall in Japan, Tokyo Opera Studio, University of Michigan, University of Istanbul, Budapest, Monte Carlo…
Antoine Palloc also has recorded with Mezzo Soprano Isabelle Cals. Antoine Palloc is Musical director of the “Jeunes voix du Rhin” for the season 2007/2008 and he is musical director of l’Instant Lyrique.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Nikolai Schukoff
Born in 1994 in Paris, Edgar Moreau studied with Philippe Muller at the Paris Conservatoire and continued his studies with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy. At the age of seventeen he received Second Prize and Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. He was also named New Talent of the Year 2013 and Instrumental Soloist of the Year 2015 at the Victoires de la Musique Classique.
Edgar Moreau made his orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the Orchestra del Teatro Regio in Turin. Since then he has performed with many leading ensembles including the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France and the Brussels Philharmonic. He is also a committed chamber musician and has worked with the Modigliani and Ebène quartets, Martha Argerich, Nicholas Angelich, Khatia Buniatishvili, etc. His debut recording, Play, was released in 2014 by Warner Classics, followed by Giovincello (ECHO Classik 2016), baroque concertos with Il Pomo d’Oro and Riccardo Minasi. To be released, a duo recital with David Kadouch around Franck, Poulenc and Strohl. Edgar Moreau plays a David Tecchler cello, dated 1711.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Julien Mignot / Erato
Born in Casole d'Elsa (Siena), she studied at the Accademia Chigiana and in Fiesole.
From her debut, her extraordinary vocal abilities have brought her to the forefront of the most important theatres of the world. She sang La Traviata under the baton of Riccardo Muti at Teatro alla Scala, where she later returned for L’elisir D’amore and Lucia Di Lammermoor.
In Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, she sang in Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail and in Le Nozze Di Figaro, both conducted by Zubin Mehta. She debuted at the Festival Rossini of Pesaro in 2001 in Le Nozze Di Teti E Peleo, she later returned there to sing in Il Turco In Italia and in Tancredi.
She sang in Paris, at Opéra Bastille in Falstaff, Theatre Chatelet in Mitridate, Re Di Ponto and at Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Le Nozze Di Figaro and L’incoronazione Di Poppea.
Among her numerous successes in 2008, we would like to point out Don Giovanni at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, her return to Opéra de Paris in I Capuleti E I Montecchi and her performance in Giulio Cesare in Bilbao.
In 2009, she was Gilda in Rigoletto at Teatro Real of Madrid, she sang La Traviata in Orange and at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Tancredi in Turin, Il Viaggio in Reims and I Domeneo at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
In 2010 she was in Munich with La Traviata, in Barcelona with La Fille Du Régiment, in Marseille with Hamlet.
Recently she sang in Maria Stuarda in Athens and Avignon, L'Elisir D'amore in Oviedo, Der Rosenkavalier in San Diego Opera, La Bohème in Rome, Rigoletto at the Orange Opera Festival, Roméo et Juliette in Bilbao and Marseille and finally La Traviata in Tokyo, Berlin, Venise, Avignon, Geneve, Turin, Madrid and Barcelona, at Covent Garden in London with La Fille Du Régiment and Robert Le Diable, with Les Pêcheurs De Perles in Las Palmas, Naples and Madrid, Un Ballo In Maschera at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Lucia Di Lammermoor in Paris, La Straniera in Marseille, Les Contes D'Hoffmann in Lyon, La Sonnambula in Barcelona and La Fille Du Régiment in London, Tancredi in Paris TCE, Dinorah in Berlin, Luisa Miller in Liège, I Domeneo in Lille, Don Giovanni in Montecarlo, Capuleti E Montecchi in Barcelona.
About her future engagements we remember Don Giovanni and Robert Le Diable in Geneve, La Rondine in Catania, La Clemenza Di Tito in Liege, La Traviata in Berlin, Le Nozze Di Figaro in Marseille.
Languages spoken: French, Italian, English
Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Maurin
Ambroisine Bre, mezzo-soprano, discovered very early a passion for singing. Between Callas’ recordings and her grandmother’s vocalisations, passionate by lyric music, she growed up in the art of bel canto from a young age. After having spent all her schooling in a singing structure, she joined the CRR of Paris and discovered the pleasure of the stage. In 2013, she joined the CNSMDP in Yves Sotin's class and followed the teaching of great masters such as Michel and Emmanuel Plasson, Sophie Koch, José Van Dam, Teresa Berganza, Anne le Bozec, Jeff Cohen, Susan Manoff, Felicity Lott, Dietrich Henschel, Christoph Pregardien.
She often works with Eve Ruggieri, Laurence Equilbey, Marc Minkowski, Thomas Hengelbrock, Christophe Rousset, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Alexis Kossenko, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Pierre-Michel Durand, Karol Beffa, Johan Farjot, Oswald Sallaberger, Nadine Duffaut.
Her repertory is varied but she particularly likes Mozart, Rossini, Schubert, Brahms, Ravel, or Poulenc.
She is also distinguished in many competitions as Paris Opera Competition, Marmande International singing competition, UPMCF Competition. In October 2017, with her pianist Qiaochu Li, they won the Duo Chant-Piano Grand Prix, Monaco’s Rainer III Prize at the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition.
Ambroisine Bré is also the Classic Revelation of ADAMI 2017.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Philip Plisson
After secondary studies culminating in a scientific Baccalauréat obtained with distinction (mention très bien) and a Bachelor’s degree in musicology from the Sorbonne, Pierre-Yves Hodique was admitted by unanimous decision of the jury to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (CNSMDP), where he was awarded top honours in piano, chamber music and vocal accompaniment in the classes of Jean-François Heisser, Claire Désert and Anne Le Bozec. In the course of his training he also studied with Marie-Josèphe Jude, Daria Hovora, Bertrand Chamayou, Denis Pascal and Yann Ollivo.
In 2011 he won the prize for best piano accompanist at the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition in Moscow, followed in 2013 by the Noël Lee Lieder Prize at the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice and Piano Competition for his duo with the baritone Samuel Hasselhorn. Pierre-Yves Hodique is the regular recital partner of the cellist Edgar Moreau, and has appeared notably at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, the Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonie, the Dortmund Konzerthaus, the KKL in Lucerne, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Brussels Royal Conservatory, the Teatro di Ferrara, the Fazioli Hall in Sacile, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, La Folle Journée in Nantes and Japan, the Festival de Saint-Denis, Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims, the Festival de Radio France et de Montpellier, the Nohant and Menton festivals, the Festival du Périgord Noir, the Cité de la Musique and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Grand Théâtre de Provence and Les Musicales de Bagatelle.
He has been awarded scholarships by the Fondation d’Entreprise Banque Populaire, the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, the Fondation Meyer and the Fonds de Tarrazi, and has won the Prix Oriolis, the Prix Drouet- Bourgeois of the Fondation de France and the Bourse des Amis du Royaume de la Musique.
In 2014 his duo recital recording with Edgar Moreau on Erato received the Diapason d’Or Découverte and the Classique d’Or RTL.
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit : B. Cruveiller
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