Marc-Antoine Charpentier: David et Jonathas
Libretto by François Bretonneau
Sung in French with English supertitles
Les Arts Florissants
A defiant cry against the futility of war, Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s moving 1688 opera contrasts the touching love between two young men with a dramatic backdrop of political intrigue and bloody conflict.
Following their landmark revival of Atys in 2011, venerated conductor William Christie and his early music ensemble Les Arts Florissants return to BAM with French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s (1643—1704) rarely staged sacred tragedy David et Jonathas.
Jonathas: Ana Quintans
David: Pascal Charbonneau
Achis: Frédéric Caton
La Pythonisse: Dominique Visse
Joabel: Kresimir Spicer
Saul: Neal Davies
William Christie, conductor
Envious of the affection that has developed between his son Jonathas and the giant-killing shepherd boy David, Saul banishes David from the Israelite kingdom. Despite his desire for peace, the young man reluctantly joins the rival Philistine army, with the horrifying knowledge that when battle commences, he may be called upon to slay his beloved friend.
David et Jonathas contains some of Charpentier’s most sensuous and achingly poignant music, used brilliantly to convey the opera’s themes of love, loyalty and valour.
This new production by the German director Andreas Homoki updates the opera to the Mediterranean in the early 20th century.
Andreas Homoki: Stage production
Paul Zoller: Set designer
Gideon Davey: Costume designer
Franck Evin: Lighting designer
A new production from Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
Co-produced by Opéra Comique and Théâtre de Caen
Brooklyn Academy of Music Website
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