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William
Christie

Conductor

Conductor and baroque specialist within early music movement

Harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist and teacher, William Christie is a pioneer in the rediscovery and introduction of French Baroque music to a wide audience. Born in Buffalo, and educated at Harvard and Yale, the turning point in his career came in 1979 when he founded Les Arts Florissants. As director of this vocal and instrumental ensemble, major public recognition came in 1987 with the production of Lully’s Atys at the Opéra Comique in Paris, followed by many other successes in the French and European Baroque repertoire.

Notable among his recent operatic work are Handel’s Theodora in 2016 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Jephtha at the Opéra National de Paris and Ariodante at the Wiener Staatsoper, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Salzburg Festival, and John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera on European tour.

As a guest conductor William Christie often appears at opera festivals including Glyndebourne (Giulio Cesare in 2018) and opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera or the Zurich Opernhaus. His extensive discography includes more than 100 recordings.

In 2002 William Christie created with Les Arts Florissants a biennial Academy for young singers, Le Jardin des Voix. Since 2007 he has been artist in residence at the Juilliard School in New York.

In 2012, he launched the festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie in the French village of Thiré in the Vendée. This month, William Christie makes his debut with the Concertgebouworkest.

Conductor and baroque specialist within early music movement

Harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist and teacher, William Christie is a pioneer in the rediscovery and introduction of French Baroque music to a wide audience. Born in Buffalo, and educated at Harvard and Yale, the turning point in his career came in 1979 when he founded Les Arts Florissants. As director of this vocal and instrumental ensemble, major public recognition came in 1987 with the production of Lully’s Atys at the Opéra Comique in Paris, followed by many other successes in the French and European Baroque repertoire.

Notable among his recent operatic work are Handel’s Theodora in 2016 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Jephtha at the Opéra National de Paris and Ariodante at the Wiener Staatsoper, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Salzburg Festival, and John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera on European tour.

As a guest conductor William Christie often appears at opera festivals including Glyndebourne (Giulio Cesare in 2018) and opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera or the Zurich Opernhaus. His extensive discography includes more than 100 recordings.

In 2002 William Christie created with Les Arts Florissants a biennial Academy for young singers, Le Jardin des Voix. Since 2007 he has been artist in residence at the Juilliard School in New York.

In 2012, he launched the festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie in the French village of Thiré in the Vendée. This month, William Christie makes his debut with the Concertgebouworkest.