Perpetual Night: 17th Century Ayres & Songs

August 11, 2018, 9:00 am

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The circulation of artists and sovereigns between France and England in the 17th century resulted in the establishment of highly original genres in England. The first recitatives, large-scale airs from masques and dramatic ‘scenes’ provided fertile ground for experimentation and prepared the way for the birth of semi-opera. Sébastien Daucé explores this English vocal art in a program tailor-made for Lucile Richardot, one of today’s most fascinating voices.