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Philippe d'Orléans: Jerusalem Delivered

Summary

Opera in concert version
  • Sunday July 2nd 2023
  • Hercules Room
  • 8pm | 2h50 with intermission
Accueil Philippe d’Orléans: Jerusalem Delivered 2023

Cast

Marie Lys Herminie

Véronique Gens Armide

Gwendoline Blondeel L’Occasion, The Voice of Clorinde, a Demon

Cyrille Dubois Renaud

Nicholas Scott Adraste, Alcaste, an Old Shepherd

Fabien Hyon Vaffrin, a Warrior

Victor Sicard Tancrède

David Witczak The Wise Old Man, Ismen, Tissapherne

Namur Chamber Choir

Cappella Mediterranea

Leonardo García Alarcón Conductor

 

Presentation

Celebration of Louis XV

 

In 1712, in the Gallery of the Stags at the Château de Fontainebleau, the king’s musicians performed a new work: “La Jérusalem Délivrée,” an opera composed by one of the most distinguished personalities of the kingdom, second only to the king himself: the Duke Philippe d’Orléans (future Regent of France). A discerning musician, pupil of Charpentier and Campra, he primarily took Gervais as his Master of Music from 1700 onwards: it is with his assistance that he composed three tragédies en musique, including this “Jerusalem,” a “sequel to Armide,” featuring the two pairs of chivalric heroes Renaud and Armide, and Tancrède and Herminie, who had already inspired famous operas by Lully and Campra. A patron of the arts, Philippe d’Orléans also emerges as a true composer. Here, finally, is the rediscovery of his major work, under the eager eye of Leonardo García Alarcón, conducting leading soloists and his virtuosic Cappella Mediterranea.

 

Co-production by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and Cappella Mediterranea

 

 

Programme

Opera in a prologue and five acts with a libretto by Hilaire-Bernard Requeleyne, based on “La Gerusalemme liberata” by Tasso, premiered in Fontainebleau in 1704.

The Hercules Room of the Château de Versailles

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