Baroque Buddies

Did Marc-Antoine Charpentier write a gay opera in 17th Century France? The New York Times describes his David et Jonathas as “a courageous love story about the young David, the future king of Israel, and his beloved friend Jonathas, the Israelite prince.” The story itself is an old chestnut, oft cited in pro-gay interpretations of the Bible, but I’d never heard of this particular variation before. It’s available in a new DVD by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, starring Pascal Charbonneau and Ana Quintans.

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