Yale Voxtet and the Sebastians to Present ‘Voices of Versailles’ with Music by Charpentier, Lully & de La Guerre

On Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 5 p.m., the early music ensemble the Sebastians and the Yale Voxtet will unite for a special performance at the Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church in New York City. The ensembles will present “Voices of Versailles,” spotlighting French baroque vocal music with a particular focus on composers Jacquet de La Guerre and Charpentier. Jacquet de {…}

Opéra Royal Versailles 2023 Review: Armide

I’m always struck by the story of “Armide.” The drama of the ancient sorceress is simultaneously transcendent and humane. The opera, after Torquato Tasso’s “Jerusalem Delivered,” ponders the prickly relationship between affect and politics, leading to the one-million-dollar question: Is his love enough? Or, even better: Is love enough? Philippe Quinault’s libretto contraposes the idea of freedom with lovelessness. Renaud’s {…}

Claire Lefilliâtre & David Tricou Highlight Broadcast From Musée du Louvre

(Credits: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe / Olivier Allard) The Musée du Louvre has announced an upcoming series of concerts to be broadcast from its auditorium. The first such concert, entitled “Exoticism in French and European music in the seventeen century,” will showcase soprano Claire Lefilliâtre, tenors David Tricou and Serge Goubioud, and bass Geoffroy Buffière. Vincent Dumestre will conduct his Poème {…}