Rigel and the Winds of Revolution


Friday, November 4, 2022 - 19:30
Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 16:00
Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 14:00

Concert Hall

Salle Bourgie - MBAM

Buy your tickets

Guest : Mathieu Lussier, Conductor and bassoon

Arion presents fascinating works from the years surrounding the French Revolution. During those few decades, the French-naturalized composer Henri-Joseph Rigel established a well-deserved reputation, writing works that garnered praise from demanding Parisian audiences. His chamber music, concertos, and opera excerpts on the program will reveal all the lyricism and spirit this lesser-known composer has to offer. For the occasion, we once again welcome the sparkling presence of soprano Magali Simard-Galdès and the brilliant tenor Nicholas Scott, in addition to rising-star Canadian harpsichordist and fortepianist Mélisande McNabney.

Concert program


Henri Joseph RIGEL
Concerto en fa majeur pour clavecin, D11703
Sonata II en ré mineur de 3 symphonies pour le clavecin, op.16
Symphonie en sol majeur, op.12 n.2 
Pauline et Henri  (excerpts)
Blanche et Vermeille  (excerpts)
Alix de Beaucaire  (excerpts)



In collaboration with

Guest Artist(s)

Mélisande McNabney

Mélisande McNabney

Mélisande McNabney performs keyboard music of all periods, on harpsichord, piano and fortepiano. In August 2015, she received the third prize at the International Competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges, Belgium. Very active on the concert scene, Mé...

See the full biography of Mélisande McNabney
Magali Simard-Galdès

Magali Simard-Galdès

Magali Simard-Galdès is a Canadian soprano renowned for her shimmering tone, her refined musicality and her magnetic stage presence. Her operatic repertoire includes the roles of Agnes (Written on Skin – Benjamin), Roxane (Cyrano – DiChiera), ...

See the full biography of Magali Simard-Galdès
Nicholas Scott

Nicholas Scott

British Tenor Nicholas Scott has been raised for his ‘sonorous timbre’ and ‘remarkable diction’, (Olyrix Le Stagioni: une saison d’hiver à Semur-en-Auxois 2018) Despite Covid, Nicholas has had a very busy season recording several projects...

See the full biography of Nicholas Scott

Subscribe to the Arion newsletter

Stay in touch