Saturday, June 17th 2017 - Grand Hôtel Intercontinental de Paris

150th anniversary of the Blue Danube



French opera and Austrian opera have much influenced each other especially during the golden age of waltz, during the nineteenth century, when Jacques Offenbach used to challenge Johann Strauss II from Paris to Vienna to please the audience, through « opéra comique » and viennese operette.

The opening ceremony of the Ball will include a recital of 3 arias.

  • Program

  • « Jewel Song » Charles Gounod, Faust, Soprano
  • « The Blue Danube », sung in French Johan Strauss II, Duo Soprano - Baryton
  • « The Fly duet » Jacques Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld, Duet soprano - baryton

Marine Costa. Young Hope Award "Irène Jaumillot" at the National Singing Conquest of Béziers in 2007, Finalist of the International Singing Conquest Nei Stëmmen of Luxemburg in 2012, the soprano, who is originary from Corsica began at 19 in the role of Martine (Le Médecin malgré Lui by Gounod) at the Théâtre de la Ville of Nice, and of Die Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte by Mozart) at the Théâtre du Gymnase of Paris, so as the Papal Palace in Avignon. She then interprets Countessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart) at Vianden Castle in Luxemburg or Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte de Mozart) at the Theater of Neumünster in Luxemburg.

Marine under the direction of many conductors, such as Benoit Renard, Paul Kuentz, Constantin Rouits, Umberto Finazzi, Umberto Ciavatta, Olaf Storbec or Olivier Weder. In 2015-2016 she join the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar in Germany. There she plays the roles of Papagena and Fiordiligi at the Theater Mon Ami of Weimar, and participates at several concerts throughout the country with the Orchestra Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt. In 2016-2017 Marine has been awarded by the Academy Les Paris Frivoles : she is going to be the headlining at the Théâtre Trévise in Paris in Ce qui plaît aux hommes by Leo Delibes with the orchestra of the Frivolités Parisiennes, under the direction of Mathieu Romano.

Thibault de Damas. The singer began to study music at the age of 8, by playing the flute. He began to get interested in lyrical singing at the age of 21 by studying musicology. Two years later, he is admitted at the DSJC (Superior Department for Young Singers), a formation that had been created by Laurence Equilbey at the CRR of Paris. The following year he joins the PSPBB (Superieur Pole of Boulogne-Billancourt) where he obtains his DNSPM (National Superior Professional Musician Diploma). Once his musical curriculum completed, Thibault joins the Studio of the Opéra de Lyon, where he is engaged in several productions. The festival « des Escales lyriques » gives him the opportunity to play the role of Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, staged by Joël Lauwers. He recently played in Roméo et Juliette by Boris Blacher at the Opéra de Lyon.