Summer Opera Double Bill: 'Les arts florissants' and 'Mesdames de la Halle'
The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
Summer Opera Double Bill:
Charpentier Les arts florissants
Offenbach Mesdames de la Halle
Conductor Fraser Goulding
Director Stuart Barker
A contrasting double bill of French operatic rarities, performed by students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Both pieces were premiered in Paris, and are sung in French with English surtitles, and dialogue in English.
Charpentier’s Les arts florissants of 1685 is an allegorical tale telling of the Arts and their complex relationship with Peace and War, through some ravishingly beautiful music.
Offenbach’s Mesdames de la Halle of 1858 is a delightful romp around a Parisian market, with all the ingredients of a good comedy including an ostentatious drum-major, a surprise discovery of two parents and three comely market vendors with surprisingly deep voices…
Fri 10 June, 6.15pm
Free pre-concert talk by Charpentier specialists Dr Shirley Thompson and Professor Graham Sadler
RBC Charpentier experts Dr Shirley Thompson and Professor Graham Sadler introduce the composer’s mini-opera Les arts florissants, placing it in its late seventeenth-century Parisian context, and including fascinating information about the group of performers he wrote it for.