William Christie and the Art of Baroque Opera

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Baroque expert extraordinaire William Christie chats with Naomi Lewin about his music, his travels and the art of the Baroque opera.

Tonight, the Brooklyn Academy of Music opens an opera festival featuring Baroque expert William Christie and his world-famous ensemble Les Arts Florissants. The festival opens with a double bill of Dido and Aeneas, by Henry Purcell, and Actéon, by Marc-Antoine Chapentier. Next week it continues with Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.

William Christie studied history at Harvard, and harpsichord at Yale. In 1971, he took off for France to avoid the Vietnam War and he’s lived and worked there ever since.

Today Christie stops by the WQXR studio to chat with Naomi Lewin about his music, his travels and the art of the Baroque opera.

Check out our latest Top 5 @ 105 for more information on the BAM opera festival and other unconvential opera performances around New York City.

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