Iconic BAM Artists

William Christie

William Christie, harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist, and teacher, is the inspiration behind one of the most exciting musical adventures of the last 30 years. His pioneering work has led to a renewed appreciation of 17th- and 18th-century French repertoire. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Christie studied at Harvard and Yale Universities and has lived in France since 1971. The major turning point in his career came in 1979 when he founded Les Arts Florissants. As director of this vocal and instrumental ensemble, Christie brings new interpretations of largely neglected or forgotten repertoire to fruition. Major public recognition came in 1987 with the production of Atys at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Christie has since collaborated with renowned theater and opera directors, and has created a discography spanning more than 100 recordings. Since 2002, he has appeared regularly as a guest conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic. In November 2008, William Christie was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts; he was officially received under the dome of the Institut de France in January 2010.


 
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William Christie at BAM
 
 
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Agnes Mellon in Atys (1989)
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Agnes Mellon in Atys (1989)
Jean-Christophe Pare in Atys (1989)
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Jean-Christophe Pare in Atys (1989)
Sonya Yoncheva and Andreas Wolf in Dido and Aeneas (2010)
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Sonya Yoncheva and Andreas Wolf in Dido and Aeneas (2010)
The Fairy Queen (2010)
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The Fairy Queen (2010)
The Fairy Queen (2010)
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The Fairy Queen (2010)
The Fairy Queen (2010)
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The Fairy Queen (2010)
The Fairy Queen (2010)
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The Fairy Queen (2010)
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Early Music, New Sound 
 
While Christie's innovations have largely been with specifically French music, he's also a member of a more general club of early music reformers whose stripped-down approach to the music now largely dominates the scene.
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Performance History: Atys
William Christie and Les Arts Florissants made their BAM debut in 1989 with Jean-Baptiste Lully’s enchanting Atys, which returned in September 2011 to kick off the BAM 150 Anniversary celebration.


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Performance History
William Christie at BAM
Atys
May 17—21, 1989
Les Arts Florissants
Nov 20, 1991
Atys
March 18—22, 1992
Castor et Pollux
Feb 26—28, 1993
Les Indes Galantes
Feb 27, 1993
Médée
May 19—22, 1994
Les Arts Florissants: Baroque Music Festival
Mar 28—Apr 2, 1995
Orlando
Feb 9—13, 1996
Orchestral and Vocal Music: G. F. Handel
Feb 11, 1996
Hippolyte et Aricie
May 7—11, 1997
Zoroastre
Mar 28 & 29, 1998
Les Arts Florissants: Twentieth Anniversary Season 1979-1999
Feb 27 & 28, 1999
Theodora
May 6 & 7, 2000
Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria
April 7—14, 2002
Les Boréades
June 9—15, 2003
Hercules
Feb 14—19, 2006
Actéon/Dido and Aeneas
Mar 18—20, 2010
Fairy Queen
Mar 23—27, 2010
Les Arts Florissants: Purcell Songs & Duets
Mar 28, 2010
Atys
Sep 18—24, 2011
Le Jardin de Monsieur Lully
Sep 25, 2011
David et Jonathas
Apr 17—20, 2013