Les Arts Florissants in the United States
Celebrated conductor William Christie and his acclaimed early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants explore the hedonistic side of the French Baroque with the rarely staged opéra-ballet Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, by André Campra (1660-1744), famed successor to composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Gamblers, carnies, gypsies, and jilted lovers—baring lots of leg via scanty updates on period dress—populate a series of stories in this crimson-hued carnival of courtly music, dance from Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and Venetian decadence, originally conceived in the anti-authoritarian ferment surrounding the Sun King Louis XIV’s final days. Play-within-a-play plot devices, melodies borrowed from Lully’s opera Atys, gliding gondolas, and dancing sheep round out Campra’s whimsical nod to French libertinism.
They will perform in New York at the Guggenheim on April 11th and the Brooklyn Academy of Music from April 14th through 17th, as well as select dates around the country.
Scenic design by Radu Boruzescu
Choreography by Ed Wubbe
Costume design by Petra Reinhardt
Lighting design by Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet
Co-produced with the support of la Fondation Selz, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Théâtre de Caen, and Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Les Arts Florissants are subsidized by the FRENCH MINISTRY OF CULTURE, the City of Caen, and the Basse-Normandie Region. Les Arts Florissants have their permanent residence at the Théâtre de Caen. Imerys is the sponsor of Les Arts Florissants.
The program for Les Arts Florissants' North Carolina, Kansas City, and Boston Concerts is as follows:
Serious Airs and Drinking Songs
After fourteen years, the illustrious William Christie and Les Arts Florissants are BACK on the BEMF concert stage with a magnificent finale for the 2015–2016 Season! Christie brings his boundless wit and virtuosic theatricality to an incomparable evening exploring the air de cour, a genre of secular vocal music that delighted and entertained the elegant salons of 17th-century France. The singers and instrumentalists of this magnificent ensemble offer passionate and refined performances of wistful laments and courtly songs of pleasure by Charpentier, Lambert, and others.
Emmanuelle de Negri, soprano; Anna Reinhold, mezzo-soprano; Cyril Auvity, high tenor;Marc Mauillon, baritone; Lisandro Abadie, bass; Florence Malgoire & Tami Troman,violin; Myriam Rignol, viola da gamba; Thomas Dunford, theorbo; William Christie, harpsichord
4/11 @ Guggenheim Museum - New York, NY
4/14 @ Brooklyn Academy of Music - Brooklyn, NY
4/16 - 4/17 @ Brooklyn Academy of Music - Brooklyn, NY
4/20 @ Memorial Hall - Chapel Hill, NC
4/23 @ Kaufmann Center - Kansas City, MO
4/24 @ Sanders Theater - Boston, MA
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