NEWS

Berlioz : Agudin coaxes a great performance

The Herald : “Romeo & Juliet lasts 95 minutes. There’s nothing like it in the repertoire: Berlioz was a true visionary, with no antecedent and no followers. He asks for 250 performers, including 3 choirs, and his orchestration is ample and innovative....

BERLIOZ : ROMEO ET JULIETTE

« Born in Buenos Aires but based in Switzerland for almost 20 years, Facundo has revealed himself, over the course of his productions, as a serious, solid maestro. With this brilliant rendering of Roméo et Juliette, in command of three choruses, large symphonic forces...

new CD release: VIKTOR ULLMANN – DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS

Following an intense study of the opera’s manuscript preserved at the Sacher Stiftung, under the guidance of Lisandro Abadie and Pablo Kornfeld, Facundo Agudin and Musique des Lumières produced a new version of Viktor Ullmann’s masterpiece. A three-year...

New production of Arrigo Boito’s MEFISTOFELE in Switzerland

New production of Boito’s masterpiece featuring great spanish-swiss bass Rubén Amoretti in the title-role. Stage director Robert Bouvier created a mysterious, intimate atmosphere in his Théâtre du Passage Neuchâtel.  Orlando Niz, Joanna Parisi, Lorena Valero,...

buenos aires’ new concert hall

The “Blue Whale” : brand new concert hall in downtown Buenos Aires opened last year to the greatest public acclaim. The venue is integrated in the CCK, largest Cultural Centre in South America, home to the National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus....

world premiere : ROMULUS DER GROSSE

Together with composer Andreas Pflüger and dramaturg Wolfgang Willaschek, Facundo launched a challenging project : the new opera Romulus der Grosse, based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s iconic comedy from 1948. Its world premiere took place at Théâtre du Passage...

Der Kaiser von Atlantis – new release

This year, Agudin and Musique des Lumières will present a new version of Viktor Ullmann’s masterpiece. This recording aims to introduce some solutions to the editorial challenges that the Kaiser presents. The deep revision of the score, both in terms of...

NATIONAL SYMPHONY OF ARGENTINA

Agudin opens the 2016 Season of Argentina’s National Symphony and Chorus with two powerful concerts ! On 4 March he conducts Elgar’s Violin Concerto Op.61 with impressive Xavier Inchausti  (also welcoming him as Second Concertmaster at the National...

FESTIVAL DE PÂQUES

Musique des Lumières lance son premier Festival de Pâques, en collaboration avec la Ville de Delémont et le centre Culturel Régional. Aucune autre fête ne réunit les valeurs oecuméniques qui sont présentes autour du mystère pascal : mort et résurrection,...

Faust at Mariinsky Theatre

In 2014 and 2015, the Mariinsky Theatre invited Agudin to conduct performances of Charles Gounod’s Faust, in the sensitive production directed by Isabella Bywater, and featuring great soloists Mikhail Vekua, Alex Markov, Mischa Petrenko, Yuliya Matochkina,...
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Agudin and the National Symphony: A thrilling Britten

“It was through the “unbatonned”, expert hands of Facundo Agudin that this War Requiem attended a level of excellency. Despite the work’s challenging complexity, Agudin succeeded in moulding powerful pianissimi, obtaining high-precision results in both orchestra and chorus, and liberating the heavenly, off-stage voices of the National Children’s Chorus. Under his conducting, the more than 200-artists ensemble sounded completely focused, with the flexibilty of a light chamber choir. Agudin drew out of his teams an extraordinary result.”

La Nacion / P.Kohan, 9.11.15

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TOSCA review - Der neue Merker, Vienna

“Am Pult des Orchesters stand Facundo Agudin, der mit reisserisch-veristische Expressivität durch den Abend führte und ein Orchestre Musique des Lumières zur Seite hatte das mit wunderschön abgestimmten Klangfarben aufwarten konnte.”

Der neue Merker, Wien. April 2012

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Johann Simon Mayr : Demetrio, Re di Siria

Polish National Opera Poznan « At the premiere of Johann Simon Mayr’s Demetrio, Re di Siria, Agudin’s detailed, sophisticated music rendering sounded vital and emphatic. »

Karin Cooper, Orpheus, March 2012

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Schumann 4. Stadttheater Ingolstadt

Diese Interpretation vermochte mitzureißen – weil Agudin zugleich in großen Bögen dachte, die schnellen Sätze auf die Schlusssteigerungen am Ende zusteuern ließ. Hinreißend gelang besonders das Finale, und zuvor bereits der wunderbar entwickelte Übergang vom dritten Satz. So feurig, so feinnervig hört man Schumann selten.”

Jesko Schulze-Reimpell, Donaukurier, 11.11.10

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War Requiem: one of the highest points of 2015

“A formidable rendering of Britten’s masterpiece: War Requiem at Buenos Aires’ new concert hall, the “Blue Whale”, thanks to Maestro Facundo Agudin, the National Symphony and Chorus, and three brilliant soloists.” 

Ambito Financiero / M.Pollini, 1.11.15

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A WORD BY RAMON VARGAS

“I twice had the chance of singing with Maestro Facundo Agudin : a solidly prepared conductor, showing wide repertoire knowledge and a great musical instinct. Facundo is a complete musician, with great charisma to transmit his ideas. His open personality irradiates a natural authority.
I fully recommend this young, brilliant conductor, particularly gifted as an operatic Maestro : his respect for voices is evident and he’s able to attend remarkable results uniting stage and orchestra pit. Through serious rehearsal work with the orchestra, Facundo reaches a particularly rich and clear reading of the works he performs.”

RAMON VARGAS.
Vienna, May 2014

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G.Verdi. Don Carlo. Fribourg

“On stage :  in the title-role, Ramon Vargas shines over the whole opera. In the pit, the Orchestre Musique des Lumières makes wonders. Facundo Agudin masterly conducting captivates the audience through the entire performance.”

Saskia Guye, L’EXPRESS, 30.04.2012

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Musique des Lumières

« Musique des Lumières bouscule le mythe de la musique classique pour les initiés. Elle est née sous l’impulsion du génial et impétueux Facundo Agudin. Une énergie hors du commun, l’ambition du travail bien fait, pousse à courir cette grande pointure. »

Migros Magazine, janvier 2004

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