Thanks to strong local support for Baroque opera in Houston, Ars Lyrica now offers a fully-staged opera every two years. Our November 2018 production of Handel’s Agrippina delighted audiences and got rave reviews, and we’re thrilled to be able to announce our next fully-staged opera: Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, which will be part of the 2020/21 Ars Lyrica season. This production will be directed and choreographed by Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director of the New York Baroque Dance Company, and conducted by ALH Artistic Director Matthew Dirst. The first program of our 2019/20 season also features these renowned period dancers in authentic costume. Come get a preview of their elegant footwork and our gorgeous dance music at the season opener on September 20!
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Dancing at the Palais
September 20 - 8:00pm
Our season opener features a full Baroque orchestra of strings and winds plus the New York Baroque Dance Company, in a program of instrumental suites from two vibrantly colorful French Baroque operas, both first seen at the Palais-Royal in Paris. Period choreography, paired with period instruments, recreate a refined artform that was de rigueur throughout Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Handel in Love
November 23 - 7:30pm
Amorous duets, arias, and instrumental works mix freely on this tribute to the Baroque era’s finest musical dramatist. A truly cosmopolitan figure, George Frederic Handel combined a sturdy German musical heritage with sophisticated Italian training, in works that remain emblematic of his adopted English home.
December 31 - 9:00pm
On New Year’s Eve 2019, Ars Lyrica celebrates the legacy of Antonio Vivaldi and his Venetian predecessors with a program of virtuosic concertos for flute and equally flamboyant works for one, two, and three solo violins. Our festive “Venetian Carnival” evening begins with a three-course dinner and concludes with a lively post-concert party with DJ and dancing. Join us for any or all of these activities and ring in the new year with Ars Lyrica!
February 22 - 7:30pm
The turbulent environment of Spanish artist Francisco Goya takes center stage in a multi-media program featuring lively instrumental and vocal works by Francisco Courcelle, Fernando Sor, Vicente Garviso, plus one of Luigi Boccherini’s beloved guitar quintets, all accompanied by projections of Goya’s artwork. “Goya’s World: Reflexión y Revolución” is curated and guest directed by Ars Lyrica guitarist and lutenist Richard Savino.
Bach Goes Greek
May 16 - 7:30pm
Our 2019/20 season finale brings the full ensemble to the stage with six outstanding singers, for an evening of Bach cantatas with characters drawn from Greek mythology. Bach and his librettist turned the legendary competition between Phoebus (Apollo) and Pan into a lively singing contest, and so does Ars Lyrica. Tara Faircloth directs Bach’s comic masterpiece and Matthew Dirst conducts.