Charpentier: David & Jonathas
Label: BEL AIR
Pascal Charbonneau (David), Ana Quintans (Jonathas), Neal Davies (Saul), Frédéric Caton (Achis), Krešimir Špicer (Joabel), Dominique Visse (La Pythonisse) & Pierre Bessière (L’Ombre de Samuel) Orchestra & Chorus of Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor) & Andreas Homoki (direction)
Scenography: Paul Zoller Costumes: Gideon Davey Lighting: Franck Evin The rare biblical opera 'David and Jonathas' is like 'Médée', one of the major works of the French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The opera has been in the repertoire of Les Arts Florissants since 1988 and was first presented in a stage production by William Christie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival 2012. This DVD release is a special event for all Baroque music lovers. Written a year after the death of Lully, this lyric tragedy allows Charpentier to develop beyond the religious dimension, a story of male friendship and forbidden love between David and Jonathas. An excellent cast gathered around William Christie and Les Arts Florissants brings young singers to the title roles: Pascal Charbonneau, a tenor and a former student of the European Academy of Music, sings David. The role of Jonathas is given to a woman: soprano Ana Quintans. The staging by Andreas Homoki (Director of the Zurich Opera since summer 2012) focuses on the psychological aspect of this forbidden love story, giving a moving reading of the drama.