Marc-Antoine Charpentier's David et Jonathas—conducted by William Christie and performed by Les Arts Florissants—runs at BAM until Sunday, April 21. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles, videos, and original blog pieces related to the show. For those who've already seen it, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below.
On the Blog
“Gardens Fit for a Sun King: William Christie's Jardins de Thiré” (BAM Blog)
Hedges pruned by Lewis Carroll in consult with Dalí and Disney? Read more about what’s growing in Christie’s backyard.
5 Questions for David and Jonathas (Pascal Charbonneau and Ana Quintans) (BAM Blog)
The Canadian tenor and Portuguese soprano share what their lives are like off stage with the BAM blog.
Around the Web
“A Life in Music: William Christie” (The Guardian)
Christie has come a long way since his days of throwing together Bach performances in college.
Prologue to Scene 1, David et Jonathas (ArtsFloMedia.com)
Les Arts Florissants performs an excerpt from David et Jonathas.
Excerpt from David et Jonathas (DailyMotion.com)
Claustrophobia ensues in this clip, featuring the production’s remarkable set in action.
From the Bible: 1 Samuel 18 (BibleGateway.com)
After David killed Goliath, he made a life-long friend. David et Jonathas takes it from there.
Les Arts Florissant 30th Anniversary Concert (ArtsFloMedia.com)
Rameau, Purcell, Monteverdi, and others grace this celebratory program, conducted by William Christie.
William Christie Opens Gate to a World All His Own (The New York Times)
Read more about Christie's magnificent gardens.
William Christie on discovering early music:
"[I felt] an intense sense of communication and bonding. It touched me and set something off that is very, very powerful. Listening to and playing Charpentier or Lully feels terribly important. And then when I get to Purcell or Bach or Handel or Rameau, I feel an extraordinary kinship, but that's something I share with a lot of people, especially in England. My mother directed the choir at our church and I heard Anglican 16th- and 17th-century music every Sunday morning. It was there from the very beginning for me."
Now Your Turn . . .
So what's your verdict? Once you've seen the show, tell us what you thought about the music or anything else that might be on your mind in the comments below.