Maria Vespers

“A spell-binding ritual…Beauty, suffering, mystery, heaven and earth—Monteverdi’s ravishing Marian Vespers embodies all of these, as did this production.”
Opera Today

“Raphaël Pichon, utterly immersed in the music, serves Monteverdi well with a focused opulence and extreme lyricism. Sober, tender, and passionate”
Le Monde

Marian Vespers, written in 1610 and among Claudio Monteverdi’s greatest choral and instrumental achievements, will be performed in the Armory’s soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall in the North American premiere of Pierre Audi’s celebrated Dutch National Opera’s production that opened the 2017 Holland Festival. Conductor Raphaël Pichon will lead his renowned Baroque orchestra and choral ensemble Pygmalion in this tour de force, offering up a dizzying array of textures and sonorities, opulent choruses, and touching solo arias and duets. Audi’s fresh visual and spatial interpretation with its cathedral-like setting and wandering chorus creates a wondrous, spiritual “mise-en-écoute”. Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere‘s massive, haunting sculpture Cripplewood contributes the central visual element.

Pierre Audi is the Armory’s Marina Kellen French Artistic Director.

Artist Talk: Maria Vespers
Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15

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Conductor Raphaël Pichon, sculptor Berlinde de Bruyckere, and Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi discuss adapting Monteverdi’s sacred work for contemporary audiences

North American Premiere
A Park Avenue Armory, Dutch National Opera, and Holland Festival Production

Raphaël Pichon, Conductor
Featuring Ensemble Pygmalion
Pierre Audi, Staging
Berlinde de Bruyckere, Cripplewood Sculpture
Roel van Berkelayer, Design
Urs Schönebaum, Lighting Design
Jan Panis, Sound Design


Image: Photo courtesy of Rebecca Tavener

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March 21–29, 2020

Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:30pm
Tickets start at $45 (plus fees)

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

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This performance is approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes with no intermission.

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