Arts Florissants Masterclasse 7 JGazeau 9267-bandeau

Masterclass #8


"The Art of Recitative: Music and theatricality" 

From May 29 to 31, 2023, Thiré, Vendée

A 3-day workshop with 2 major artists of Les Arts Florissants, Sophie Daneman (soprano, director and Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London) and Béatrice Martin (harpsichordist and Professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève & The Juilliard School of New York), exploring "les grandes scènes de récitatif" from the French Baroque repertoire. 

The masterclasses will be an opportunity to work on scenes by Lully, Charpentier, Rameau and their contemporaries. This dramatic music, deeply linked to the text, allows for an extraordinary collaboration requiring freedom, flexibility and rigor, between the singers and the continuo. 


For whom? 

Singers (sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, high tenors / haute-contre, baritones, basses), instrumentalists (harpsichordists, viol players), young professionals or students from higher education institutions. 

Where and when? 

From May 29 to 31, 2023 (arrival on May 28) at the Quartier des Artistes in Thiré (Vendée), an exceptional heritage site combining the beauty of the gardens and the pleasures of music, home of the Festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie.

Pedagogical aim

  • Explore the theatricality of the recitative and the potential for spontaneity between the continuo and the singers
  • Work on declamation
  • Work with the continuo on realization through harmonic precision, rhythmic accuracy and figured bass


The schedule will be composed of group, individual or small group working sessions.

The masterclasses will end with a public concert.

Limited to a maximum of 7 participants.


Application deadline: 31st of March 2023

Living and educational expenses: 

450 euros, including the educational part, accommodation for 4 nights in a single room (Quartier des artistes), meals and transfers from train station or airport.

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