[King Arthur by Ernest Chausson] "Arthur with Excalibur" by Edward Coley Burne-Jones
"Arthur with Excalibur" by Edward Coley Burne-Jones

King Arthur 
by Ernest Chausson

New Production

The American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein
Directed by Mary Birnbaum


Idealism and treachery, honor and perfidy collide in this richly lyrical opera by French romantic composer Ernest Chausson. First premiered in 1903, this opulently scored work lays bare the tragedy of King Arthur’s betrayal at the hands of his queen Guinevere and his trusted knight Lancelot.
 
Considered one of the finest examples of French romanticism, King Arthur (Le roi Arthus) was composer Ernest Chausson’s only opera—his own composing career tragically cut short by his early death at age 44.
 
Featuring dazzling special effects, this production of King Arthur takes us to a world in the midst of upheaval where longstanding codes of honor and loyalty no longer hold sway. 

Opening Night Reception for Members 
Friday, July 24

Pre-Performance Conversation
Sunday, July 26 at 12 pm
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