The Mistress: Madame de Pompadour

Guest directed by Debra Nagy

Postponed until further notice

While Madame de Pompadour is best known as mistress to Louis XV, she was no mere vixen. Mesmerizing, fiercely clever, beautiful, and a relentless social climber, de Pompadour ultimately rose to a powerful yet precarious position: chief confidante to the King.  In our season closer, guest-directed by Debra Nagy, we invite you to explore de Pompadour’s singular life through the music she loved to listen to and sing herself, including songs, cantatas, instrumental works, and opera excerpts by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, François Colin de Blamont, Pierre de la Garde, and more.

Featured musicians:
Ellen Hargis, soprano
Debra Nagy, guest director & oboe
Brandi Berry Benson, violin
Paul Dwyer, cello
Anna Marsh, bassoon
Lucas Harris, theorbo and baroque guitar
Mark Edwards, harpsichord
François Lazarevitch, musette & transverse flute

With projections by Shawn Keener