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David et Jonathas

Les Arts Florissants

Love, jealousy, witchcraft and war: Charpentier’s 1688 sacred opera is a dramatic and moving reinterpretation of an Old Testament tragedy set on the eve of battle. 

Love, jealousy, witchcraft and war: Charpentier’s 1688 sacred opera is a dramatic and moving reinterpretation of an Old Testament tragedy set on the eve of battle. 

Envious of the close friendship between his son Jonathas and David, King Saul banishes David from the Israelite camp. Despite his desire for peace, David reluctantly joins the rival Philistine army, only too aware that he may be forced to fight his beloved friend in the coming war. When battle commences, will anybody be able to claim a true victory?

David et Jonathas is one of Charpentier’s most dramatic stage works, full of stirring music and passionate arias that convey its achingly poignant story.

Conductor William Christie’s reputation for interpreting the works of the great French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier is second to none: he even named his exceptional period ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, after another of the composer’s operas. His cast are some of the top names in early opera and the production is by acclaimed German director Andreas Homoki.

A new production from Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Co-produced by Opéra Comique and Théâtre de Caen.

Language
Sung in French with English supertitles

Les Arts Florissants

 

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Libretto by François Bretonneau

 

Jonathas Ana Quintans

David Pascal Charbonneau

Achis Frédéric Caton

La Pythonisse Dominique Visse

Joabel Kresimir Spicer

Saul Neal Davies

 

William Christie Conductor

Andreas Homoki Stage production

Paul Zoller Set designer

Gideon Davey Costume designer

Franck Evin Lighting designer

17 August 2012

  • Festival Theatre (Show on map)
  • 165 minutes
  • £16 - £68*

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme will be available in the spring.