Sunday, April 14, 2013

William Christie Conducts Charpentier's David et Jonathas April 17 - 21 2013 at BAM (Brooklyn)

From a release:

David et Jonathas
Apr 17—Apr 21, 2013

Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Part of 2013 Winter/Spring Season

By Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Les Arts Florissants
An Aix-en-Provence Festival production
Conducted by William Christie
Directed by Andreas Homoki


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“Conductor William Christie brings the score dazzlingly to life… through buoyant, tripletime dances and aching laments.” —The Guardian (UK)


BROOKLYN - Following their landmark revival of Atys in 2011, venerated conductor William Christie and early music group Les Arts Florissants return to BAM with a Baroque gem fashioned from the roiling dramas of the Old Testament: French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s (1643—1704) rarely staged sacred tragedy David et Jonathas, directed by Andreas Homoki.

The deepest of male friendships must contend with jealousy, a witch’s premonition, and, ultimately war in this story of the begrudging King Saul’s rash decision to banish his son’s best friend on the eve of battle. Told from multiple points of view and featuring Charpentier’s stately choruses, dances, and airs, David et Jonathas unfolds with Christie’s trademark rhetorical flair. Melodies heave and sigh with gossamer elegance, transforming a neglected biblical parable into a sonically gripping psychological tableau.

Scene design by Paul Zoller; Costume design by Gideon Davey; Lighting design by Franck Evin

RUN TIME: 2hrs 30min with intermission

David: Pascal Charbonneau
Jonathas: Ana Quintans
Saul: Nel Davies
Archis: Fréderic Caton
Joabel: Kresimir Spicer
La Pythonisse: Dominique Visse

Co-produced by Opéra Comique and Théâtre de Caen in association with Les Arts Florissants with the support of The Selz Foundation

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