Beggars

Ballad-opera


The Beggar’s Opera


John Gay – Johann Christoph Pepusch

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The Beggar’s Opera
John Gay – Johann Christoph Pepusch


Ensemble

Instrumentistes des Arts Florissants

Conception musicale du spectacle

William CHRISTIE

Staging

Robert CARSEN

Musical Direction and harpsichord

William CHRISTIE

Musical Direction and harpsichord

Florian CARRÉ - (en alternance)

Settings

James BRANDILY

Dramaturgie

Ian BURTON

Lighting

Robert CARSEN

Lighting

Peter VAN PRAET

Costumes design

Petra REINHARDT


Musical Advisor and Musical Edition: Pascal Duc (Les Arts Florissants) and Anna Besson


Program

Although quoted in all the music history books as the most characteristic example, together with Dido and Aneas of what the English contributed to the realm of opera, The Beggar’s Opera is rarely mounted. In fact, it is the very first time that Les Arts Florissants will perform this unusual work, which some people consider as the ancestor of the musical. More than an opera strictly speaking, it is a "ballad-opera": a form of play intersected by popular songs and learned airs which certain people attributed to Purcell or Handel, compiled by the composer of the overture, Pepusch. This staged performance will be an opportunity to rediscover the savoury satire of John Gay’s libretto at the same time as the talents of the musicians of Les Arts Florissants as arrangers and improvisors, since they have themselves harmonised the score. It will also be an opportunity for William Christie and the stage Director Robert Carsen, to pursue their long collaboration, after the success of their productions such as Alcina, Armide and Les Fêtes vénitiennes

Upcoming concerts

Paris / France
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

  • Friday, April 20 2018, 8.30pm
  • Saturday, April 21 2018, 3.30pm
  • Saturday, April 21 2018, 8.30pm
  • Tuesday, April 24 2018, 8.30pm
  • Wednesday, April 25 2018, 8.30pm
  • Thursday, April 26 2018, 8.30pm
  • Friday, April 27 2018, 8.30pm
  • Saturday, April 28 2018, 3.30pm
  • Saturday, April 28 2018, 8.30pm
  • Monday, April 30 2018, 8.30pm
  • Wednesday, May 2 2018, 8.30pm
  • Thursday, May 3 2018, 8.30pm
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