Les Plaisirs de Versailles
Streamed and recorded live on Sep 9, 2016
Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Ars Lyrica’s 2016/17 season opens with a trip to Versailles, where French kings and their courtiers cultivated pleasures of all kinds, including musical follies. Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s witty chamber opera pairs nicely with motets, drinking songs, and chamber works by François Couperin & Jean-Philippe Rameau, for a sumptuous and quintessentially French musical feast. Unusually for its era, Les Plaisirs de Versailles is a comedy—and an ode to both wine and chocolate!

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Homage to the Sun King - Les Arts Florissants
recorded live, November 20, 2015
Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Catherine Turocy and her New York Baroque Dance Company joins the Ars Lyrica ensemble to pay tribute to Louis XIV of France, whose long and eventful reign ended exactly 300 years ago in 1715. This Sold-Out program features Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s sparkling chamber opera Les arts florissants.

recorded live, November 14, 2014
Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Ars Lyrica devoted the 2014-2015 season to the remarkable legacy of the Bach family. In addition to Sebastian Bach’s miniature comic masterpiece, the beloved “Coffee Cantata,” viewed in this program, pays homage to his second son especially, Carl Philipp Emanuel, whose 300th birthday the world observes during 2014. 

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Opening Duet from A Viennese New Year
recorded live, December 31, 2012
Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Soprano Lauren Snouffer and countertenor John Holiday joined the Ars Lyrica ensemble New Year's Eve 2012 for "A Viennese New Year".  This is their opening duet "Va ma tremo/Ah, mio ben" from Ezio, Act I by Christoph Willibald von Gluck.

Acis and Galatea by G.F. Handel
recorded live, March 10, 2013
Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts