The vocal and instrumental Ensemble Les Arts Florissants is one of the world’s most renowned and respected early music groups. Dedicated to the performance of Baroque music on original instruments, the ensemble was founded in 1979 William Christie, and takes its name from a short opera by Charpentier. Les Arts Florissants have been largely responsible for the resurgence of interest in France in 17thcentury French repertoire as well as in European music of the 17th and 18th centuries more generally. Since the acclaimed production of Lully’s Atys in Paris in 1987, it has been in the field of opera where Les Arts Florissants has found most success. The Ensemble has an impressive discography of nearly 100 recordings. In 2012, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants created the festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie, in partnership with the Conseil Général de la Vendée. An annual event, the festival brings together artists from Les Arts Florissants, pupils from the Juilliard School, and laureates of Le Jardin des Voix for concerts and “musical promenades” in the gardens created by William Christie at Thiré, in the Vendée.
Les Arts Florissants receive financial support from the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the City of Caen and the Région Basse-Normandie. They are artists in residence at the théâtre de Caen. IMERYS and ALSTOM are Sponsors of Les Arts Florissants.