Monday 21 March 2022

La descente d'Orphée aux enfers: the Vache Baroque Festival returns with Charpentier, Carissimi and more

In 2020, I chatted to co-founder Jonathan Darbourne about his new Vache Baroque Festival [see my interview]. That year events included Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with Katie Bray, whilst last year's festival included a staging of Handel's Acis and Galatea as well as a celebration of Milton. This year the festival returns for the third edition from 26 August to 4 September 2022 at the beautiful grounds of The Vache, a house once owned by King James II.

The centrepiece of this year's festival is a staging of Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée aux enfers, led by music director Jonathan Darbourne and stage director Jeanne Pansard-Besson, with Samuel Boden in the title role and choreography by Ukweli Roach with dancers from BirdGang Ltd. Other events surrounding this include a series of pop-up multi-disciplinary installations, including Carissimi's Jephthe.

And the festival moves to London temporarily in November, with a gala celebration of the 300th anniversary Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.

Full details from the festival website.

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