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Festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie 2021

10th edition - August 21-28, 2021


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Festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie 2021
10th edition - August 21-28, 2021


Les Arts Florissants

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Born from a common desire of the Vendée Department and Les Arts Florissants, the Festival Dans les jardins de William Christie is a unique event in Europe. A subtle blend of baroque music and garden art, it highlights the richness of the Vendée's heritage and nature, particularly the site of Thiré, where the Les Arts Florissants - William Christie Foundation is based.

In 2021, the Festival celebrates 3 major events:

Come and take part in the party, by attending an edition placed under the sign of youth and (de)discovery!


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Partenope – Handel

Semi-staged opera
August 21 & 22, 2021 – Reflecting Pool (open-air)

Musical direction William Christie
Codirection of the Le Jardin des Voix Academy Paul Agnew
Staging Sophie Daneman
Set design Jean-Luc Taillefert
Choreography Christophe Garcia
Orchestra Les Arts Florissants
With the laureates of the 10th edition of Le Jardin des Voix :
Ana Vieira Leite*, Soprano (Portugal) - Partenope
Helen Charlston*, Mezzo-soprano (UK) - Rosmira
Hugh Cutting*, Counter-tenor (UK) - Arsace
Alberto Miguélez Rouco*, Counter-tenor (Spain) - Armindo
Jacob Lawrence*, Tenor (Australie / UK) - Emilio
Matthieu Walendzik*, Baritone (France) - Ormonte

Le Jardin des Voix needs no introduction. For two decades now, this academy directed by William Christie and Paul Agnew has revealed some of the most prominent young singers on the baroque planet: Marc Mauillon, Sonya Yoncheva, Christophe Dumaux, Emmanuelle de Negri, Lea Desandre...

This summer, it is at the Festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie that the public will be the first to hear the 10th edition of the Jardin des Voix. An anniversary edition, with a new program: Handel's opera Partenope, which Les Arts Florissants and William Christie are performing here for the very first time. The audience will be delighted to rediscover a masterpiece that is three centuries old... and to meet six exceptional voices, who are sure to be the talk of the town soon!

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"Musical correspondence: Bach and Graupner"

Candlelit concert
August 22 & 23, 2021 – Thiré Church

Musical direction Paul Agnew
Instrumentalists The Juilliard School of New YorkLes Arts Florissants
With Lea Desandre* (mezzo-soprano)

If Johann Sebastian Bach's name has survived the centuries, the same cannot be said of his contemporary Christoph Graupner. German like him, and like him a candidate for the post of Kantor in Leipzig, Graupner fell into oblivion before arousing renewed interest in the last century.
This program invites us to rediscover the "musical correspondences" between this little-known work and that of Bach, in a candlelit concert of sacred music. For the occasion, an exceptional singer will perform: the mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre, revealed by the Jardin des Voix, Les Arts Florissants academy whose 10th edition is being celebrated this year. This concert will also mark the return to the Festival of young instrumentalists from the Juilliard School in New York, who were unable to participate in 2020 - the reunion will be even more beautiful!

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Selva morale e spirituale – Monteverdi

Candlelit concert
August 25 & 26, 2021 – Thiré Church

Musical direction and organ William Christie
Vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants
Emmanuelle de Negri*, Rachel Redmond*, sopranos
Mélodie Ruvio, contralto
Bastien Rimondi, Sébastien Monti, tenors
Cyril Costanzo*, bass
Emmanuel Resche, Sophie de Bardonnèche, violins
Cyril Poulet, cello
Thomas de Pierrefeu, doublebass

A monumental work, Monteverdi's Selva morale e spirituale is undoubtedly one of the summits in the history of Western vocal music. Composed at the very end of the composer's life, it marks the culmination of the sacred side of his work, whose depth, brilliance and modernity William Christie strives to show. From this immense "moral and spiritual forest" - of which Les Arts Florissants recorded some of the jewels at the end of the 1980s - a new anthology is proposed in this concert, made up of some of the major pieces of this collection, which includes more than forty.

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"Harpsichord symphony" 

Candlelit concert
August 27, 2021 – Thiré Church

William Christie, harpsichord
Justin Taylor, harpsichord

For this last candlelight concert of the 2021 Festival, nothing less than a unique event was needed: a harpsichord duo bringing together William Christie, founder of Les Arts Florissants, and the young French harpsichordist of American origin Justin Taylor. The program will feature emblematic pieces from the Baroque repertoire, from England to France - by Tomkins, Farnaby, Purcell, Handel, Leroux and of course Couperin, William Christie's favorite composer who helped him rediscover his music.
A "symphony" placed under the sign of transmission, of musical friendship... and of this flagship instrument of Baroque music: the harpsichord!

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The Indian Queen – Purcell

Semi-staged opera
August 27 & 28, 2021 – Reflecting Pool (open-air)

Musical direction & staging Paul Agnew
Choreography Pierre-François Dollé
Choir and orchestra Les Arts Florissants, with the young instrumentalists from The Juilliard School of New York & Arts Flo Juniors program
Elodie Fonnard*, Lauren Lodge-Campbell*, sopranos
Sean Clayton*, Nicholas Scott*, tenors
Padraic Rowan*, bass
Raphaëlle Saudinos, actress

After the success of L'Orfeo in 2018, Paul Agnew presents a new operatic production on the Water Mirror stage!
Impossible loves, fantasized exoticism... The Indian Queen, although left unfinished, unfolds all the creative fantasy of the English composer Henry Purcell. A connoisseur of this repertoire, Paul Agnew offers a recreation of this semi-opera between music and theater, for two exceptional performances at the close of the Festival. The audience will be able to meet five former laureates of the Jardin des Voix - the academy for young singers of Les Arts Florissants, which celebrates its 10th edition this year - alongside the actress Raphaëlle Saudinos and the choir and orchestra of Les Arts Florissants.

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Visits of William Christie's Gardens

Every day except August 24, 2021
10am – William Christie's Gardens
Reservation by phone: +33 (0)

L’occasion de découvrir un jardin conçu de toutes pièces par William Christie et reconnu « Jardin remarquable », lors de visites guidées proposées par des spécialistes des lieux.

Le Clos des Piments

Every day except August 24, 2021 – Maison de la Fontaine
3pm-6pm (guided tours at 3:30pm, 4:30pm and 5:30 – Maison de la Fontaine

After the "Clos de Tomates" and the "Clos des Salades", the botanist gardener Baptiste Pierre proposes a new horticultural creation in the heart of the Quartier des Artistes. An educational garden with free entrance, to discover all the secrets of peppers thanks to explanations adapted to all ages.
Gardening workshops for children and families are also offered (free access without reservation)!

Family workshops

Every day except August 24, 2021 – Quartier des Artistes (The Artists' Quarter)
Reservation by phone: +33 (0)

The family workshops invite you to discover baroque singing and dancing... through practice! Led by dancer Pierre-François Dollé and singer and director Sophie Daneman, these discovery sessions are suitable for all ages. With a novelty: this year, they will be offered at the Quartier des Artistes, to discover this international campus in the heart of the village of Thiré, with the artists of Les Arts Florissants.

11:30am – Dance workshop with Pierre-François Dollé: Tea or Coffee ? English Dances in the "French Mode"!

Pierre-François Dollé and Marie van Rhijn will make you dance to the music of Purcell's The Indian Queen. No need to be athletic to try this cheerful exercise, only conviviality and good mood are required, without forgetting the French-English friendship!

2:30pm – Dance workshop with Sophie Daneman: Let's sing in the fields

Sophie Daneman and the musicians of Les Arts Florissant invite you to celebrate nature in music, in a bucolic setting, by the water. A succession of moments of discovery, listening, participation, for the whole family, young and old alike!

Musical promenades

Every day except August 24, 2021 – William Christie's Gardens

"Musical promenades" are today emblematic of the Festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie. Each afternoon, these short open-air concerts invite to explore the multiple spaces in the garden, and to discover the baroque repertoire through pieces more or less known, selected by the interpreters themselves. These are often magical moments that offer a unique proximity between the public and the artists.
This year, the musical promenades will be offered in courses of four concerts each: choose your time... and let yourself be surprised!

> Download the program: 21/08 ; 22/08 ; 23/08 ; 25/08 ; 26/08 ; 27/08 ; 28/08

"Meditations at the Dawn of the Night” concerts

Every day except August 24, 2021 – Thiré Church

The Meditations at the Dawn of the Night are back! After having to be offered in digital version in 2020, these short concerts of sacred music will once again come to close each festival day, following the great evening concerts. These are moments like no other to go into the night with music, in the meditative atmosphere of the Church of Thiré, by candlelight.

> Download the program: "O Maria quam pulchra es" ; "In Nomine : consort de violes" ; "Sacri musicali affetti" ; "Pourquoy mon âme" ; "Bach, pièces pour luth"



For all Festival shows and events, we remind you that a health pass*, accompanied by an ID, will be required from July 21, 2021 for all spectators over 18 years old.
In the absence of valid proof, access to the event will be refused.

*Certificate of complete vaccination, PCR or antigenic test less than 48 hours old, certificate of recovery of COVID-19 dated at least 11 days and less than 6 months old. The health pass and spectator identity control does not record any personal data, in accordance with the French law.

Previous dates

Season 2020-2021

Thiré / France
Miroir d'eau des Jardins de William Christie

  • Saturday, August 28 2021, 8pm, The Indian Queen - CONCERT
Season 2021-2022

Thiré / France

  • Friday, August 27 2021, 8.30pm, Harpsichord Symphony - CONCERT
Season 2020-2021

Thiré / France
Miroir d'eau des Jardins de William Christie

  • Friday, August 27 2021, 8pm, The Indian Queen - CONCERT
Season 2021-2022

Thiré / France

  • Thursday, August 26 2021, 8.30pm, Selva morale e spirituale - CONCERT
  • Wednesday, August 25 2021, 8.30pm, Selva morale e spirituale - CONCERT
Season 2020-2021

Thiré / France

  • Monday, August 23 2021, 8.30pm, Musical correspondence: Bach and Graupner - CONCERT
  • Sunday, August 22 2021, 8.30pm, Musical correspondence: Bach and Graupner - CONCERT

Thiré / France
Miroir d'eau des Jardins de William Christie

  • Saturday, August 21 2021, 9pm, Partenope - CONCERT
  • Saturday, August 21 2021, 8pm, Partenope - CONCERT

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