Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764)

Les Boréades


Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764) Les Boréades Opera in concert version

Lyric tragedy in five acts, libretto by Louis de Cahusac
Created on 21 July 1982 at the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Musical directionMarc Minkowski
AlphiseJulie Fuchs*
Sémire / Amour / PolymnieChloé Briot*
AbarisSamuel Boden
CalisisManuel Nuñez-Camelino
BoriléeJean-Gabriel Saint-Martin*
BoréeDamien Pass*
Adamas / ApollonMathieu Gardon*
ChorusEnsemble Aedes
OrchestraLes Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble

Les Boréades, Rameau’s last opera, had a strange fate. Preparations for this lyric tragedy began in April 1763 but rehearsals stopped some time later for an unknown reason. Then Rameau died. From then on the score languished on the shelves of the Bibliothèque Nationale for over two centuries. The work was finally put on in a fully staged version in 1982 at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence where its richness and inventiveness won it huge success. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the death of Rameau, the Festival is again presenting this seminal work in a concert performance under the baton of the great Rameau specialist Marc Minkowski, who will conduct a cast of young singers together with his own orchestra.

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Les Boréades, œuvre posthume de Jean-Philippe Rameau, 1764, origine : Manuscrit Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris. Rés.Vmb Ms4. Copyright 1982, 1998 et 2001 Alain Villain, Editions Stil, Paris

* Former singers of the Académie européenne de musique

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Friday 18 July at 8pm


Prices: 90€, 70€, 50€, 25€

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Broadcasted on 11 August on France Musique

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