Houston's Mercury Baroque Heads to Europe, Blogs for Us

A scene from the 2009 production of Armide at Wortham Center
A scene from the 2009 production of Armide at Wortham Center
Amitava Sarkar

Mercury Baroque will lap the Houston Symphony in European travel next week when the orchestra performs the Jean-Baptiste Lully opera Armide in Paris. It will be the first time in 10 years that a Houston orchestra has performed in Europe (since the last time Mercury Baroque did).

The company strives to maintain a period-accurate baroque sound, stringing its instruments with genuine catgut as opposed to synthetic strings, but one of its missions is to re-imagine baroque staging with a contemporary look. Mercury Baroque enlisted French director Pascal Rambert, known for cutting-edge staging, and the production will be performed at his Théâtre de Gennevilliers.

You, dear readers, will get to experience the company's exploits, since several lucky Houston patrons will be along for the Paris party tour, enjoying fine-dining, tours of Versailles, and (we hope) endlessly chugging champagne. Look for tour updates starting September 15.

A scene from the 2009 production of Armide at Wortham Center
A scene from the 2009 production of Armide at Wortham Center
Amitava Sarkar

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