Lully's Cadmus et Hermione

Benjamin Lazar (stage director), Vincent Dumestre (conductor) – With André Morsch (Cadmus), Claire Lefilliâtre (Hermione)...

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Benjamin Lazar — Stage director

Gudrun Skamletz — Choreographer

André Morsch — Cadmus

Claire Lefilliâtre — Hermione

Arnaud Marzorati — Arbas, Pan

Jean-François Lombard — Nourrice, Dieu champêtre

Isabelle Druet — Charite, Melisse

Arnaud Richard — Draco, Mars

Camille Poul — Amour, Pales

Geoffroy Buffière — Le Grand Sacrificateur, Jupiter

David Ghilardi — Le Soleil, Premier Prince Tirien

Romain Champion — Premier Africain, Envie

Vincent Vantyghem — Second Prince Tirien

Luanda Siqueira — Junon, Aglante

Le Poème Harmonique — Dancers, Choir, and Orchestra

Vincent Dumestre — Music director

Program notes

A night in April 1673 at rue de Vaugirard, Paris: lucky spectators discover the very first French opera in a converted tennis court theater. Cadmus et Hermione’s libretto comes from the pen of a renowned academic, the musical score from the King’s brilliant Superintendent of Music. Cadmus et Hermione became one of those exceptional works whose memory stays with audience members forever... a dreamlike experience brought once more to life by the soloists, dancers, choir, and orchestra of the Poème Harmonique under the music direction of Vincent Dumestre. This 2010 production from the Opéra-Comique brims with a baroque elegance and beauty sure to captivate and delight!

Photo: © E. Carecchio

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