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Semi-staged opera





Les Arts Florissants

Musical direction


Musical direction

Paul AGNEW - en alternance



Settings and Costumes

Jean-Luc Taillefert


Christophe GARCIA


Ana VIEIRA LEITE, soprano, Partenope
Helen CHARLSTON, mezzo-soprano, Rosmira/Eurimene
Hugh CUTTING, counter-tenor, Arsace
Alberto MIGUÉLEZ ROUCO, counter-tenor, Armindo (in alternance)
Timothy MORGAN, counter-tenor, Armindo (in alternance)
Jacob LAWRENCE, tenor, Emilio
Matthieu WALENDZIK, baritone, Ormonte


George Frideric HANDEL - Partenope HWV 27

"The six laureates of Le Jardin des Voix academy shine musically (...) The Christie magic always works." Bachtrack
"The vocal sextet, supported by the Arts Florissants and William Christie, impresses with its vocal performance and its ease on stage.Les Echos

One of the highlights of the 2021-2022 season of Les Arts Florissants, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Jardin des Voix academy!

At the court of Partenope, Queen of Naples, there is no shortage of suitors trying to win her heart: Arsace, Prince of Corinth, seems to have won her favor, while the Prince of Rhodes, Armindo, is desperate. But it is to count without the importunate arrival of Emilio, king of Cumes, who claims  that he is going to conquer the beautiful queen with weapons. Whereas Partenope seeks council near the captain Ormonte, the climate of tension intensifies by the presence of a certain Eurimene... which is not other than the princess Rosmira: she is in love with Arsace, who has forsaken her, and comes to seek revenge under this disguise. When he challenges her to a duel and asks her to fight bare-chested, the time comes to drop the masks...

This is the very first time that Les Arts Florissants have performed Partenope - Handel's first "comic" opera, in which the composer breaks free from the rules of opera seria. Conducted alternately by William Christie and Paul Agnew and directed by Sophie Daneman, this new production invites us to rediscover this forgotten masterpiece... but also to meet six exceptional voices: the six laureates of the tenth edition of the Jardin des Voix, the famous academy for young singers of Les Arts Florissants!

"Partenope is a rarety because it is light: not a comic, but a light opera seria" Paul Agnew


Concert recorded by France Musique and broadcast on August 24, 2022 at 8PM F Musique Filet


Previous dates

Season 2022-23

Beaune / France
Cour des Hospices

  • Friday, July 15 2022, 9pm, Festival de Beaune
Season 2021-2022

Nantes / France
Théâtre Graslin - Angers Nantes Opéra

  • Wednesday, April 27 2022, 8pm, Dir. Paul Agnew
  • Tuesday, April 26 2022, 8pm, Dir. Paul Agnew

Barcelone / Spain
Teatro del Liceu

  • Saturday, January 29 2022, 7pm, dir. William Christie

Versailles / France
Opéra Royal

  • Friday, January 28 2022, 8pm, dir. William Christie

Katowice / Poland
PNRSO Concert Hall

  • Sunday, January 23 2022, 7.30pm, dir. Paul Agnew

Valencia / Spain
Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía

  • Sunday, October 24 2021, 6pm, Dir. William Christie

Angers / France
Grand Théâtre

  • Sunday, October 17 2021, 4pm, Dir. Paul Agnew
  • Saturday, October 2 2021, 8pm, Dir. William Christie
  • Thursday, September 30 2021, 8.30pm, Dir. William Christie

Paris / France
Philharmonie de Paris / Cité de la Musique, Amphithéâtre

  • Wednesday, September 29 2021, 8.30pm, Leçon de musique

Budapest / Hongrie
National Concert Hall - Palace of Arts

  • Tuesday, September 28 2021, 7pm, Dir. William Christie

Bucarest / Roumanie
Romanian Atheneum

  • Sunday, September 26 2021, 4.30pm, Festival George Enescu - dir. William Christie
  • Friday, September 3 2021, 7.30pm, Festival de Lucerne - dir. William Christie

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