Charpentier's David et Jonathas
Marshall Pynkoski (stage director), Gaétan Jarry (conductor) — With Reinoud Van Mechelen (David), Caroline Arnaud (Jonathas), David Witczak (Saül)...
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Marshall Pynkoski — Stage director
Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg — Choreographer
Antoine Fontaine — Scenography
Roland Fontaine — Scenography
Hervé Gary — Lighting
Christian Lacroix — Costume designer
Jean-Philippe Pons — Assistant costume designer
Reinoud Van Mechelen — David
Caroline Arnaud — Jonathas
David Witczak — Saül
François-Olivier Jean — Pythonisse
Antonin Rondepierre — Joabel
Geoffroy Buffière — Samuel's shadow
Virgile Ancely — Achis
Marduk Serrano Lopez — Figurant
Timothée Grivet — Figurant
There is no grander backdrop than the Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles for the spectacular David et Jonathas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier! And no better cast than Reinoud Van Mechelen (David) and Caroline Arnaud (Jonathas), impeccable in this sublime Baroque drama with gorgeous costumes by the great Christian Lacroix and staged by the acclaimed Marshall Pynkoski.
During the years when Jean-Baptiste Lully reigned as the Sun King's royal composer, Marc-Antoine Charpentier made his name in more modest institutions like the Jesuit college Louis-le-Grand in Paris—which is where the five-act tragedy David et Jonathas premiered on February 26, 1688. Inspired by the Book of Samuel, the plot recounts the power struggle between David and King Saul, and the deep friendship between David and Saul's son Jonathas. Despite rumors that the opera's "overtly romantic arias between the two male leads" may have alluded to the relationship between Louis XIV's brother Philippe d'Orléans and his lover, the Chevalier de Lorraine, the work's powerful emotion and psychological finesse spared it from scandal and won it great renown.
An exceptional vocal cast and expert conducting by Gaétan Jarry help bring to life this tale of friendship and deep affection, as well as military conflict and courtly intrigue. It is, after all, through the loss of a friend that brings about the horrors of war and the emptiness of power; when the curtain closes on David, he lets out one final lament: "J'ai perdu ce que j'aime / Pour moi tout est perdu" (I have lost what I love / All is now lost to me).