Atelier de Recherche et de Création pour l’Art Lyrique [ARCAL]
- Charles Pitt
A touring chamber-opera group founded in 1982 by the countertenor Henri Ledroit and the producer Christian Gangneron to take productions to French provincial towns and Paris suburbs that usually see no opera, and to employ young singers taking their first steps in the profession. It is subsidized by the French Cultural Ministry. Each production is given between 10 and 30 performances; the repertory ranges from the Baroque – Handel’s Orlando (1983), Cavalli’s L’Ormindo (1986), Blow’s Venus and Adonis coupled with Locke and Gibbons’s Cupid and Death (1986) – to modern works – Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (1987), Milhaud’s Les malheurs d’Orphée and Le pauvre matelot (1988) and Frederic Rzewski’s Les perses (1985), the last specially commissioned. In towns where there are no theatres, the group has performed on specially constructed platforms in churches; its production of Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot...