ProfileThe vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants is one of the most renowned and respected early music groups in Europe and around the world. Dedicated to the performance of Baroque music on original instruments, the ensemble was founded in 1979 by the Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, and takes its name from a short opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Les Arts Florissants has been largely responsible for the resurgence of interest in France in 17th century French repertoire well as in European music of the 17th and 18th centuries more generally. This was repertoire which had, for the most part, been neglected (much of it unearthed from collections in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France) but which is now widely performed and admired.
Since the acclaimed production of Atys by Lully at the Opera Comique in Paris in 1987, it has been in the field of opera where Les Arts Florissants has found most success. Notable productions include works by Rameau (Les Indes Galantes in 1990 and 1999, Hippolyte et Aricie in 1996, Les Boreades in 2003, Les Paladins in 2004), Lully and Charpentier (Medee in 1993 and 1994), Handel (Orlando in 1993, Acis and Galatea in 1996, Semele in 1996, Alcina in 1999, Hercules in 2004 and 2006), Purcell (King Arthur in 1995, Dido and Aeneas in 2006), Mozart (The magic Flute in 1994, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail at the Opera du Rhin in 1995) and Monteverdi (the much praised The Return of Ulysses at Aix-en-Provence in 2000, revived in 2002, The Coronation of Poppea in 2005, and L°«Orfeo at the Teatro Real de Madrid in2008).
The ensemble has collaborated on productions with renowned stage directors such as Jean-Marie Villegier , Robert Carsen, Alfredo Arias , Pier Luigi Pizzi, Jorge Lavelli, Adrian Nobel, Andrei Serban, Graham Vick and Deborah Warner, as well as with choreographers Francine Lancelot,Beatrice Massin, Ana Yepes Shirley Wynne, Maguy Marin, Francois Raffinot, Jiri Kylian, Bianca Li and Jose Montalvo and Dominique Hervieu, to name but a few.
Les Arts Florissants has an equally high profile in the concert hall, as illustrated by their many acclaimed concert performances of opera (Zoroastre and Les fetes d°«Hebe by Rameau, Idomenee by Campra, Jephte by Monteclair, L°«Orfeo by Rossi), as well as secular chamber works (Acteon ,Les Plasirs de Versailles and Orphee aux Enfers by Charpentier and Dido and Aeneas by Purcell), sacred music (the Grands Motets by Rameau, Mondonville and Desmarest, Handle oratorios such as Messiah, Israel in Egypt and Theodora), not to mention a large number of choral works. Les Arts Florissants has also embarked upon contemporary repertoire, giving the premiere of Motets III - Hunc igitor terrorem by Betsy Jolas in 1999 to mark their twentieth anniversary.
The ensemble has an impressive discography: nearly one hundred recordings for Harmonia Mundi, Warner/Erato and Virgin Classics. In autumn 2013, Les Arts Florissants brought out a recording of Handel°«s Belshazzar on their own label, followed by the sixth edition of Le Jardin des Voix, Le Jardin de monsieur Rameau.
For twenty years, Les Arts Florissants has been artists in residence at the Theatre de Caen, and each year they present a concert season in the Basse-Normandie region. The ensemble also tours widely within France, and is a frequent ambassador for French culture abroad (it is regularly invited to the Brooklyn Centre in London and the Vinne Festival). In the coming seasons, William Christie will be regularly inviting guest conductors, close associates of Les Arts Florissants, to conduct the ensemble. amongst these are Paul Agnew ,who conducted a concert of Vivaldi Vespers in January 2007, Ode and anthems by Handel in 2008 and who will again conduct Les Arts Florissants this season in a Purcell programme, and Jonathan Cohen, who conducted one of the performances of Zampa at the Opera Comique in 2007 and who will give a Haydn-Gluck-Mozart programme at the beginning of the 2009-2010 season.
In the course of their 2013-2014 season, placed under the sign of the °»Rameau Year°…, Les Arts Florissants will be performing in a program of Music for Queen Caroline by Handel; the second part of the Jardin Voix tour; the revival of the ballet Doux Mensonges; the continuation of the complete cycle of Monteverdi°«s madrigals by Paul Agnew; Rameau°«s Platee; a concert of sacred works by Henry Purcell; a production staged by Sophie Daneman and choreographed by Francoise Denieau.
Les Arts Florissants receive financial support from the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the City of Caen and the Region Basse-Normandie. Their major sponsors are lmerys and Alstom. Les Arts Florissant resides at the Theatre de Caen.
|Date||October 13th, 2016(Thu) 7:00pm|
|Les Arts Florissants "Le Jardin des Voix"
Les Arts Florissants (Orchestra)
William Christie (Conductor & Music Director)
Lucia Martin-Carton (Soprano)
Lea Desandre (Mezzo-Soprano)
Carlo Vistoli (Countertenor)
Nicholas Scott (Tenor)
Renato Dolcini (Baritone)
John Taylor Ward (Bass)
A.Stradella: Extrait de la cantate Amanti ola ola, Accademia d°«Amore Sinfonia [Lento]
G.F.Handel: Extrait de Orlando, HWV 31 (Act II, sc. 10)
A.Vivaldi: Extrait de Orlando furioso, RV.Anh.84 (Orlando: RD)
D.Cimarosa: Extrait de L°«impresario in angustie, opera bouffon en deux actes (Act I, sc. 1)
D.Sarro: Extraits de L'impresario delle Canarie
W.A.Mozart: Ariette fur Bass und Orchester, KV.541
°»Un bacio di mano°… (RD)
J.Haydn: Extrait de La Canterina, Hob.XXVIII:2 (Act I)
Quartetto °»Scellerata ! mancatrice ! traditrice !°… (LMC, LD, NS, RD)
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