FAENZA on tour in the Ardennes region of France, performing "Songs of Charlatans," which features music from Lully's "Carnaval."

After a series of four concerts of « Jeu des Amants » in the context of Faenza's residence at the University of Reims in France (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne), the ensemble went on tour in the French and Belgian Ardennes  recently with a new production, « Songs of Charlatans ».
This program, performed by four singers and two instrumentalists, presents a selection of the best entertainment imagined by Molière and put to music by Jean-Baptiste Lully and Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

That it is a selection of pieces from different sources is largely inspired by Lully himself, whose practice it was, in productions such as the "Carnaval" of 1676, to choose the most successful pieces of music from Molière's comedy-ballets and rework them, which left them sometimes richer, like the remarkable reprise of scenes from "Monsieur de Pourceaugnac" where the main character expresses himself by singing in Italian!

In these comedies put to music, everything is fake: the doctors, the lawyers, the Bohemians, the Egyptians, the husbands and the wives, the maladies and the remedies.

Charlatanism still seeming to be in fashion today, the satire of it is something that the musicians of Faenza throw themselves into wholeheartedly!

  • Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully and Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • Texts by Charles d’Assoucy, Molière, Tabarin, Vincent Voiture
  • Olga PITARCH : vocals
  • Serge GOUBIOUD : vocals
  • Olivier COIFFET : vocals
  • Marco HORVAT : vocals and Baroque guitar
  • Damien POUVREAU : theorbo and Baroque guitar
  • Matthieu BOUTINEAU : harpsichord

Aide with publicity: Théâtre Louis Jouvet. Aide to tour : Spedidam


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