Opera

Atys

 
 
Sep 18—Sep 25, 2011
 
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RUN TIME: 4 hours with 2 intermissions
 
 
 
 
 
 
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By Jean-Baptiste Lully
Les Arts Florissants
Opéra Comique

Musical Direction by William Christie
Directed by Jean-Marie Villégier

Co-produced by Opéra Comique, BAM, Théâtre de Caen, Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Les Arts Florissants

It was an event: in 1989, Jean-Baptiste Lully's shimmering opera Atys arrived at BAM. The mastermind was conductor William Christie, and the orchestra was early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants, whose incisive production rekindled the ravishing power of French Baroque opera for both New York City and the world. Created in 1676 for King Louis XIV and derived from Ovid's poem Fasti, Atys is a breathtaking marriage of the royal court's dance- and chorus-filled spectacles to Ovid's tragic tale of love lost to a vengeful god. Now, in celebration of BAM's 150th anniversary, Lully's allegory-rich paean to the Sun King returns to BAM to make history once more.