Persée 1770 by Lully

Release 10 March - Alpha Classics

Cover Persée

Recorded at Versailles Palace in 2016, in collaboration with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.
Coproduction Château de Versailles Spectacles, Outhere Music, Le Concert Spirituel

Nearly a century after its composition, Lully’s Persée was recreated in 1770 to mark an exceptional event: the inauguration of the Royal Opera House at Versailles Palace, built to celebrate the wedding of the Dauphin (the future Louis XVI) and Marie Antoinette. For this unique occasion, three composers (Antoine Dauvergne, François Rebel and Bernard de Bury) were commissioned to revise Lully’s work and adapt it to the new circumstances and the new venue, which was regarded as absolutely extraordinary in its time.
Lovers of Lully’s opera will therefore meet their mythological hero again, now with a richer orchestration and more for the chorus and the ballet dancers to do. There were only two performances in 1770, but they were absolutely sumptuous: 95 choristers, 15 soloists, 80 dancers, 100 extras, 80 instrumentalists, five sets and 530 costumes.
You can now relive that historic event thanks to a recording conducted by the leading specialist in this repertory, Hervé Niquet, and a CD-book richly illustrated with engravings of the period and photos of the Opéra Royal and of manuscripts of the score.

Next concerts

Sunday 26 March 2017
Arsenal de Metz, 4pm

Monday 3 April 2017
Palais des congrés de Nantes, 8pm30
La Cité de Nantes

Sunday 9 April 2017
Chapelle du Méjean, 11am

Wednesday 12 April 2017
Wigmore Hall de Londres, 7pm

Saturday 22 April 2017
Opéra de Massy, 8pm

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on France Culture

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