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opera Handel's Hercules Luc Bondy (stage director), William Christie (music director) – With William Shimell (Hercules) and Joyce DiDonato (Dejanira)

Luc Bondy (stage director), William Christie (music director) – With William Shimell (Hercules) and Joyce DiDonato (Dejanira)

Handel's Hercules Luc Bondy (stage director), William Christie (music director) – With William Shimell (Hercules) and Joyce DiDonato (Dejanira)

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William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, masters of Baroque music, join forces with director Luc Bondy in Paris to stage this brilliant, lesser-known masterwork by Handel. Superstar soprano Joyce DiDonato shines as Hercules’ wife Dejanira, performing her demanding part with “affecting intensity and tireless stamina” (The New York Times).

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Cast

  • Luc Bondy | Stage director
  • Richard Peduzzi | Set designer
  • Rudy Sabounghi | Costume designer
  • Dominique Bruguière | Lightings
  • Ingela Bohlin | Iole
  • Joyce DiDonato | Dejanira
  • Malena Ernman | Lichas
  • Simon Kirkbride | Jupiter's Priest
  • William Shimell | Hercules
  • Toby Spence | Hyllus

Program

  • George Frideric Handel, Hercules
    • I: Overture
    • I: Accompagnato "See, with what sad dejection"
    • I: Aria "No longer, Fate, relentless frown"
    • I: Accompagnato "O, Hercules, why art thou absent"
    • I: Aria "The world, when day's career is run"
    • I: Recitativo "Princess! Be comforted"
    • I: Aria "I feel, I feel the God"
    • I: Recitativo "He said, the sacred fury left his breast"
    • I: Aria "There, in myrtle shades reclin'd"
    • I: Recitativo "Despair not"
    • I: Aria "Where congeal'd the northern streams"
    • I: Chorus "O filial piety"
    • I: Recitativo "Banish your fears"
    • I: Aria "Begone, my fears"
    • I: Recitativo "A train of captives"
    • I: Aria "The smiling hours"
    • I: Chorus "Let none despair"
    • I: March
    • I: Recitativo "Thanks to the powr's above"
    • I: Aria "My father"
    • I: Recitativo "Now farewell, arms"
    • I: Aria "The God of battle quits"
    • I: Chorus "Crown with festal pomp the day"
    • II: Sinfonia
    • II: Recitativo "Why was I born a princess"
    • II: Aria "How blest the maid"
    • II: Recitativo "It must be so"
    • II: Aria "When beauty sorrow's liv'ry wears"
    • II: Recitativo "Whence this unjust suspicion?"
    • II: Aria "Ah! Think what ills the jealous prove"
    • II: Recitativo "My godlike master"
    • II: Aria "As stars, that rise and disappear"
    • II: Recitativo "In vain you strive"
    • II: Chorus "Jealousy"
    • II: Recitativo "She knows my passion"
    • II: Aria "Banish love from thy breast"
    • II: Recitativo "Forgive a passion"
    • II: Aria "From coelestial seats descending"
    • II: Chorus "Wanton god of amorous fires"
    • II: Recitativo "Yes, I congratulate your titles"
    • II: Aria "Alcides' name in latest story"
    • II: Recitativo "O, glorious pattern of heroic deeds"
    • II: Aria "Resign thy club and lion's spoils"
    • II: Recitativo "You are deceived"
    • II: Aria "Cease, ruler of the day, to rise"
    • II: Recitativo "Some kinder pow’r inspire me"
    • II: Duo "Joys of freedom, joys of pow'r"
    • II: Recitativo "Father of Hercules, great Jove"
    • II: Chorus "Love and Hymen"
    • III: Sinfonia
    • III: Recitativo "Ye sons of Trachin, mourn"
    • III: Aria "O scene of unexampled woe"
    • III: Recitativo "O fatal jealousy"
    • III: Chorus "Tyrants now no more shall dread"
    • III: Aria "O Jove! What land is this?"
    • III: Recitativo "Great Jove - Was it for this unnumber'd toils"
    • III: Aria "Let not fame the tidings spread"
    • III: Accompagnato "Where shall I fly"
    • III: Recitativo "Lo! The fair, fatal cause"
    • III: Aria "My breast with tender pity swells"
    • III: Recitativo & Accompagnato "Princess, rejoice"
    • III: Duo "Oh prince, whose virtues all admire"
    • III: Recitativo "Ye sons of freedom"
    • III: Chorus "To him your grateful notes of praise"

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Vincent Bataillon
  • Venue: Palais Garnier (Paris, France)
  • Production date: 2004
  • Duration: 3 h 09 min
  • Production: © Bel Air Media – Opéra de Paris – SEF Munich
  • Available version(s): EN
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