Production Language French
Country of Origin France
Description In 1987, New York businessman and philanthropist Ronald P. Stanton was visiting Paris. He attended a performance of Atys at Opéra Comique and immediately fell in love with it. Some years later, Stanton, a patron of BAM, was at a dinner with Karen Brooks Hopkins, BAM’s president, and confessed his regret that he would most likely never see Atys performed again. He then wondered how much it would cost to remount the opera and with the figure from Hopkins in hand, he decided to fund the restaging himself—a dream realized, and the project of a lifetime. The 2011 staging and international tour (including a stop at Versailles) co-produced by BAM, Opéra Comique, Theatre de Caen, Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Les Arts Florissants, coincided with BAM’s 150th anniversary—a milestone engagement of Baroque opera kicking off a celebratory sesquicentennial.