Celebrated conductor William Christie and his acclaimed early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants explores the hedonistic side of the French Baroque with the rarely staged opera-ballet "Les Fetes Venitiennes" by Andre Campra (1660-1744). Gamblers, gypsies, and jilted lovers - baring lots of leg via scanty updates on period dress - populate a series of stories in this crimson-hued carnival of courtly courtly music, dance from Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and Venetian decadence, originally conceived in the anti-authoritarian ferment surround the Sun King Louis XIV final days.

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