Maria Vespers

Maria Vespers is Canceled

Maria Vespers, one of Pierre Audi‘s legendary productions, was set to open on March 21, and the immensely-talented Raphaël Pichon and the world-renowned Pygmalion Ensemble were arriving in New York from France this weekend. However, as a result of the recent government travel ban and in accordance with local guidelines, all performances of Maria Vespers have been canceled.

If you are a ticket holder to this event, please await further communication from Park Avenue Armory regarding refunds and exchanges. If you would like to contact the Box Office directly, please call (212) 933-5812 Monday–Friday, 10:00am–6:00pm, or email We appreciate your understanding and patience.

“A spell-binding ritual…Beauty, suffering, mystery, heaven and earth—Monteverdi’s ravishing Marian Vespers embodies all of these, as did this production.”
Opera Today

“Raphaël Pichon, utterly immersed in the music, serves Monteverdi well with a focused opulence and extreme lyricism. Sober, tender, and passionate”
Le Monde

Marian Vespers, written in 1610 and among Claudio Monteverdi’s greatest choral and instrumental achievements, will be performed in the Armory’s soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall in the North American premiere of Pierre Audi’s celebrated Dutch National Opera’s production that opened the 2017 Holland Festival. Conductor Raphaël Pichon will lead his renowned Baroque orchestra and choral ensemble Pygmalion in this tour de force, offering up a dizzying array of textures and sonorities, opulent choruses, and touching solo arias and duets. Audi’s fresh visual and spatial interpretation with its cathedral-like setting and wandering chorus creates a wondrous, spiritual “mise-en-écoute”. Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere‘s massive, haunting sculpture Kreupelhout-Cripplewood, 2012-2013 contributes the central visual element.

Pierre Audi is the Armory’s Marina Kellen French Artistic Director.

Artist Talk: Maria Vespers
Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:00pm

This event has been canceled.

North American Premiere
A Park Avenue Armory, Dutch National Opera, and Holland Festival Production

Raphaël Pichon, Conductor
Featuring Ensemble Pygmalion
Pierre Audi, Staging
Berlinde De Bruyckere, Cripplewood Sculpture
Roel van Berkelayer, Design
Urs Schönebaum, Lighting Design
Jan Panis, Sound Design


Image: Photo courtesy of Rebecca Tavener


March 21–29, 2020

All performances of Maria Vespers have been canceled.

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

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This performance is approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes with no intermission.

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