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William Christie

(b. 1944)


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(b Buffalo, NY, 1944).

Amer. conductor and harpsichordist. Dir. of mus., Dartmouth Coll., NH, 1970–1, then settled in Paris. Member of Five Centuries Ens. 1971–5. Founded Les Arts Florissants 1978. With his ens. he specialised in revival of operas by M.‐A. Charpentier (Médée and Actéon), Lully (Atys), Rameau (Pygmalion and Les Indes galantes), Handel (Alcina), and Rossi (Orfeo). Prof., Paris Cons. from 1982. London début of Les Arts Florissants, Greenwich 1990. His perfs. of Fr. and It. baroque mus. set new standards.

Subjects: Music.


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