VIDEO: William Christie - A Modern Maestro at BAM
Conductor William Christie breathes new life into baroque music. As the foremost interpreter of early music, Christie and his acclaimed ensemble Les Arts Florissants have delighted BAM's audiences for 30 years. This season, they return with Rameau, maître à danser, featuring two opera-ballets by Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Widely considered among the foremost interpreters of early-music for modern audiences, celebrated conductor William Christie and his acclaimed ensemble Les Arts Florissants present two rarely seen pastoral opera-ballets that burst with the sensuous promise of spring. Originally penned by 18th-century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau for the court of Louis XV, these enchanting operatic miniatures, La naissance d'Osiris and Daphnis et Églé, served as both a symbol of the court's opulence and a source of evening entertainment. Rameau, maître à danser ("Rameau, dancing master") is a sublime showcase for Christie's singular brilliance and the ravishing power of baroque music.
Rameau, maître à danser
By Jean-Philippe Rameau
Les Arts Florissants
Musical direction by William Christie
Staging by Sophie Daneman
Choreography by Françoise Denieau, restaged by Gilles Poirier