Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville's Titon et l'Aurore

Basil Twist (stage director), William Christie (conductor) — With Reinoud Van Mechelen (Titon), Gwendoline Blondeel (L’Aurore)

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Basil Twist — Stage director, stage design, puppeteer, costumes

Jean Kalman — Lighting

Alain Blanchot — Assistant costume designer

Constance Larrieu — Artistic collaboration

Daniel Brodie — Video

Reinoud Van Mechelen — Titon

Gwendoline Blondeel — L’Aurore

Emmanuelle de Negri — Palès

Marc Mauillon — Éole

Julie Roset — Amour

Renato Dolcini — Prométhée

Virginie Thomas — Nymphe

Maud Gnidzaz — Nymphe

Juliette Perret — Nymphe

Les Arts Florissants — Orchestra, Choir

William Christie — Conductor

Program notes

Live from the famed Opéra-Comique in Paris, discover Titon et l’Aurore by Mondonville. This 1753 opera-ballet follows the tumultuous and seemingly unbreakable liaison between l’Aurore (“Dawn”), a goddess running from her immortal fate, and shepherd Titon. Basil Twist’s masterful staging and a typically impeccable performance by Les Arts Florissants, under the direction of William Christie, make this production a delight for the eyes and ears. The title roles are interpreted by star tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen and acclaimed soprano Gwendoline Blondeel, with Julie Roset as l’Amour, Emmanuelle de Negri as Palès, as well as Marc Mauillon and Renato Dolcini as Éole (Aeolus) and Prométhée (Prometheus).

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