Les Arts Florissants to Perform in the US

April 13, 2015 | By Francerocks

“Le Jardin des Voix is a bona fide season highlight for early-music fans” New York Times 

“Splendor is this group’s natural element.” - Opera News (on Les Arts Florissants and Le Jardin des Voix)

Since its founding in 1979, French Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants has been lacking one Rameau piece in its concert repertoire, until now—Platée, the ballet bouffon that became the mother of French comic opera. The outlandish satire, written for the wedding of Louis XV’s son, parodies not only the vain nymph Platée but serious opera in its many forms, resulting in hilarity for audiences across the centuries.

Le Jardin des Voix (The Garden of Voices), an academy for young singers founded by William Christie in 2002, has launched the careers of Sonya Yoncheva, Christophe Dumaux, and Emmanuelle de Negri. The new class of six vocalists, chosen from applicants from over 40 countries and accompanied by world-renowned Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, presents a semi-staged production of Italian lyric works from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Works by Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Stradella, Cimarosa, and others


William Christie, conductor
Lucía Martín Cartón, soprano
Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano
Carlo Vistoli, countertenor
Nicholas Scott, tenor
Renato Dolcini, baritone
John Taylor Ward, bass

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30PM
Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Adrienne Arsht Stage
Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

This performance is approximately two hours with one intermission.


About Les Arts Florissants

William Christie
, Musical Director, Founder
Paul Agnew, Associate Musical Director, Associate Conductor
Jonathan Cohen, Associate Conductor

The vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants is one of the most renowned and respected early music groups in the world.

Dedicated to the performance of Baroque music on original instruments, Les Arts Florissants was founded in 1979 by the Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, who directs it to this day. The Ensemble has played a pioneering role in the resurgence of interest in the French baroque repertoire which had long been neglected. Over the past thirty-some years, they have unearthed innumerable treasures from the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, particularly the French repertoire from the 17th century but also more generally European music of the 17th and 18th centuries which is now widely performed and admired. The Ensemble takes its name from a short opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

Les Arts Florissants will additionally play the following US dates:

4/29 @ New World Center - Miami Beach, FL
5/01 @ First Congregational Church - Berkeley, CA
5/05 @ Campbell Hall - Santa Barbara, CA
5/06 @ Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA


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