Les Arts Florissants & Le Jardin des Voix

Mozart's La finta giardiniera

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Following its sold-out concert in 2015, the world’s greatest Baroque orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, returns to Elisabeth Murdoch Hall to present Mozart’s youthful opera La finta giardiniera.

A pioneer in the renaissance of early music, Les Arts Florissants enchants audiences all over the globe with its exquisite productions of 17th- and 18th-century musical treasures. In partnership with the legendary Juilliard School of New York, the orchestra also empowers the next generation of musicians through its vocal academy, Le Jardin des Voix (The Garden of Voices).

Performances with Le Jardin des Voix have become a not-to-be-missed rendezvous for audiences to hear the best and brightest voices of tomorrow. For the ninth edition, and the 40th anniversary of Les Arts Florissants, the academy presents the new harvest of star singers in the full opera of La finta giardiniera (The Pretend Garden-maid), written by Mozart when he was just 18-years-old – even younger than the young singers themselves.

For a vocal ensemble called Le Jardin des Voix the choice of The Pretend Garden-maid is no coincidence. All the art of a young Mozart comes alive in a fantasy garden full of twists and turns. Not limited by the farcical elements of the opera buffa style, Mozart explores a beautiful range of feelings from the sentimental to the heroic, offering the perfect space to admire these young artists with their mentors from Les Arts Florissants.

Great Chamber Ensembles 2020 series supported by Uniting AgeWell.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre



Les Art Florrisants
Le Jardin de Voix
Paul Agnew director


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
La finta giardiniera, K.196


Join us for a pre-concert talk in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall from 6.45pm.


This production is part of the following series: