Opera Lafayette presents: Les Arts Florissants
Opera Lafayette, "an oasis of French Baroque opera in the United States," (Opera Magazine) presents Charpentier's chamber opera Les Arts Florissants in concert.
- Mon., Oct. 19, 2009, 7:30 PM
- Terrace Theater
- 70 minutes
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Charpentier's Les Arts Florissants, an intimate chamber opera written for an aristocratic 17th-century salon, is an allegory in which Music, Poetry, Architecture, and Painting are first threatened by Discord, and then allowed to flourish again with the arrival of Peace. Opera Lafayette's concert performance with dance of this exquisite "Idylle en Musique" features soprano Nathalie Paulin and baritone William Sharp, with choreography by New York Baroque Dance Company artistic director Catherine Turocy. The program opens with several short works written by Charpentier for Molière's comedy Le Mariage Forcé, featuring esteemed bass-baritone François Loup.
Performed in French with English surtitles. Timing: 70 minutes, without intermission.
La Paix - Nathalie Paulin
La Discorde - William Sharp
La Musique - Ah Young Hong
La Poésie - Stacey Mastrian
La Peinture - Tony Boutté
L'Architecture - Monica Reinagel
Un Guerrier - François Loup
With: Karim Sulayman; dancer Caroline Copeland; and the Opera Lafayette Orchestra