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Rameau : Les Paladins

Summary

Opera in concert version
  • Saturday June 24th 2023
  • Royal Opera
  • 7pm | 2h10 with intermission
Accueil Rameau : Les Paladins 2023

Cast

Mathias Vidal Atis

Judith van Wanroij Argie

Philippe Estèphe Orcan

Anne-Catherine Gillet Nérine

Frédéric Caton Anselme

David Tricou Manto

La Chapelle Harmonique Choir and orchestra

Valentin Tournet Conductor

 

Presentation

Celebration of the Louis XV 

 

Rameau’s forgotten lyrical comedy is resurrected here: in 1760, aged seventy-seven, Les Paladins was his last work to be presented to the public. Inspired by the triumph of his other comedy, Platée, Rameau gave it emphasis and excess, making the orchestra blaze and the singers surge, with sharp comedic turns and magnificent sentimental pages.

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In this fantasy Middle Ages, here is a comedy of characters brilliantly treated as caricatures: the beautiful Argie, prisoner of the monstrous Orcan, the Paladin Atis freeing his bride, the Fairy Manto unleashing demons and furies, and transfiguring the castle with a dance of Pagodas and a Chinese entertainment!

 

Valentin Tournet leads his magnificent soloists and La Chapelle Harmonique in this final gem of Rameau’s work!

 

With the exceptionnal support of the ADOR – The Friends of the Royal Opera 

 

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Programme

Lyric comedy in three acts to a libretto by Duplat de Monticourt, first performed at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris in 1760.

The Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles

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If Rameau’s career was made up of great operatic successes, there were also a few failures; Les Paladins is certainly one of them. And yet, Valentin Tournet, a valiant knight at the helm of his army, the Chapelle Harmonique, reveals here his misunderstood strength – extravagance, laughable heroes, and musical prowess!
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