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Opera Lafayette presents: <i>Les Arts Florissants</i>

Opera Lafayette presents: Les Arts Florissants

Monday, October 19, 2009 7:30 PM

Opera Lafayette, "an oasis of French Baroque opera in the United States," (Opera Magazine) presents Charpentier's chamber opera Les Arts Florissants in concert. 

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Ryan Brown, conductor and artistic director

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