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David et Jonathas
Opens: 17/08/2012 Closes: 20/08/2012 Edinburgh International FestivalExpect fire and brimstone from French baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, who take their name from another opera by 17th-century composer Charpentier. That's not to say that they haven't moved with the times - this tragic reimagining of the Old Testament features a rotating stage, a Mediterranean setting and updates the action to the early 20th century. For more information visit: http://www.eif.co.uk/davidetjonathas Buy: http://www.eif.co.uk/davidetjonathas
Guardian“A stylish production...” The chemistry between David and Jonathas is as tender as Charpentier's music suggests it should be. Conductor William Christie brings the score dazzlingly to life, moving at a decent clip through buoyant, triple-time dances and aching laments...
The Stage“Ingeniously staged...” Blends singing, movement and staging to compelling dramatic effect, with flashbacks of the lovers as boyhood chums and re-arranged prologue of Saul’s encounter with the En-dor witch, adding appeal to the original...
The Telegraph“Reimagining the Baroque for the modern day...” The death of David in battle has a heartbreaking power equalled only by the grieving of the superb chorus as the ultimate tragedy of the opera unfolds...
The Scotsman“Fresh and challenging...” Delicious lyricism and crunching pathos is poetically realised by conductor William Christie and a cast and orchestra stylistically in tune with the idiom...
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