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Les Indes galantes, Rameau – Opera – Live

Christophe Rousset, Laura Scozzi – Opéra National de Bordeaux

Christophe Rousset conducts Rameau's Les Indes galantes, in a production directed by Laura Scozzi.

Les Indes galantes is the most achieved example of an opéra-ballet. In this specific genre, the plot is merely important, the sole matter is to entertain the audience. Around a recurrent theme, in this case love, several entrées offer as many light-hearted variations in which dance count as much as singing.

In 1697, André Campra gave to the genre of the opéra-ballet its structure with the Europe galante. Yet its is thanks to Rameau and his librettist Louis Fuzelier that the opéra-ballet reached its apogee. By setting the several entrées in the Indes ("the Indies"), which mean in the broadest sense Persia, Turkey or even Peru, the two artists tried to give to their work a perfume of exoticism. This extra-European setting is also an excuse for unleashing the composer's imaginative creativity, as the very famous "Air des sauvages", merging an idealized "savagery" with the refinement of 18th French orchestration, can bear witness.

The Baroque music ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, under Christophe Rousset's baton, performs Rameau's Les Indes galantes at the Opéra National de Bordeaux in a sensual and politically engaged production directed by Laura Scozzi, on the occasion of the festivities organized to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Jean-Philippe Rameau's death.

Version dite de Toulouse établie par Les Talens Lyriques d'après le manuscrit conservé à la Bibliothèque municipale de Toulouse, fonds du Conservatoire.

Les Talens Lyriques sont soutenus par le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication et la Ville de Paris.
Ils reçoivent également le soutien de la Fondation Annenberg/GRoW – Gregory et Regina Annenberg Weingarten et du Cercle des Mécènes".

Coproduction Théâtre du Capitole, StaatstHeater Nürnberg, Opéra National de Bordeaux with the support of the Casino Théâtre Barrière de Bordeaux.

Picture: © Patrice Nin.

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Opéra National de Bordeaux

Les Talens Lyriques

Opera weeks
Broadcast date : Feb. 27, 2014, 7 p.m.

Christophe Rousset conductor
Laura Scozzi stage director
Natascha Leguen de Kerneizon set designer
Jean-Jacques Delmotte costumes
Ludovic Bouaud lightings
Stéphane Broc video


Amel Brahim-Djelloul (Hébé, Fatime, Phani)
Benoît Arnould (Bellone, Alvar)
Eugénie Warnier (Roxane)
Olivera Topalovic (Amour, Zima)
Judith Van Wanroij (Émilie, Atalide)
Vittorio Prato (Osman)
Anders j Dahlin (Valère, Tacmas, Carlos, Damon)
Nathan Berg (Huascar)
Thomas Dolié (Adario)


Les Talens Lyriques
Chorus of the Opéra National de Bordeaux

Movie director : Olivier Simonnet

Location : Opéra National de Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France)
Production date : 2014
Production : © Camera Lucida productions – France Télévisions – Mezzo – Les Talens Lyriques – L’Opéra National de Bordeaux



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