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.
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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.