Les Arts Florissants to Tour North America

By Afton Wooten
(Photo credit: ©Julien Gazeau)

This summer, Les Arts Florissants tours its semi-stage production of Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” throughout North America.

William Christie leads Les Arts Florissants and Le Jardin des Voix on the tour. Soloists include soprano Paulina Francisco, mezzo-sopranos Georgia Burashko, Rebecca Leggett, and Juliette Mey, tenor Ilja Aksionov and Rodrigo Carreto, baritone Hugo Herman-Wilson, and bass-baritone Benjamin Schilperoort. Student from The Juilliard School joining the ensemble are Baptiste Coppin, Samuel Florimond, Anahi Passi, Alary Ravin, Timothée Zig, and Ian Debono, as well as Compagnie Käfig and The Juilliard School dancers. Mourad Merzouki serves as stage director and choreographer.

The ensemble’s first performance takes place at the Toronto Summer Music Festival on July 11, followed by an appearance at the Festival de Lanaudière on July 13. Les Arts Florissants also gives a concert at the Church of Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare the following day.

Les Arts Florissants returns to the U.S. in a performance at Tanglewood on July 18. A performance at Caramoor on July 20 closes the North American leg of the tour .

Dans les Jardins de William Christie and Les Arts Florissants’ own summer festival is set to take place in Thiré, France from August 24-31. Audiences will enjoy performances of Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” conducted by William Christie, and Paul Agnew conducting Gluck’s “Orphée et Euridice,” as well as Baroque performances.