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

The magnificent Marian Vespers are one of Claudio Monteverdi‘s greatest musical achievements. Monteverdi, the first composer to develop opera to its full dramatic and musical potential, breathed new life into the religious music of his day, combining traditional composition style with a modern, free way of setting words to music that led to the creation of musical theatre. This monumental work written in 1610 will be performed in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, directed by the Armory’s Marina Kellen French Artistic Director, Pierre Audi, in a fresh visual and spatial interpretation, first presented by the Dutch National Opera at the Holland Festival in 2017. The production was developed in collaboration with Belgian artist Berlinde de Bruyckere with her massive, haunting sculpture Cripplewood that suggests vulnerability and fragility of man, as the central visual element. Conductor Raphaël Pichon leads the world-renowned orchestra and choral ensemble, Pygmalion as it performs this ambitious and inspiring tour de force, using period instruments to create a sonic kaleidoscope set in a spellbinding ritualistic gathering.

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

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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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