Reinound van Mechelen © Senne Van der Ven

Tragédie en musique in five acts (1756)         

Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau

Libretto by Louis de Cahusac

Opera in concert in French

Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 7 pm until 10 pm  (Intermission: 8.30 pm)

Content

The premiere of Jean-Philippe Rameau's fifth tragedy, Zoroastre, received a rather lukewarm reception from Parisian society in 1749, although reports suggest that the show as such was again spectacular. Rameau and his librettist Louis de Cahusac decided to revise the opera, and in 1756 the tragédie en musique was a resounding success. Good and evil are set against each other with an unambiguity seldom seen on an opera stage. Zoroastre and Abramane fight not only for the throne of Bactria and therefore the hand of the beautiful Amélite, but also for the supremacy of the powers they represent. Rameau's music expertly reflects the dualism inherent in the libretto, and with it he created a veritable musical extravaganza.

Cast

Conductor

Raphaël Pichon

Biography
Zoroastre, Master of the Mages

Reinound van Mechelen

Biography
Amélite

Katherine Watson

Biography
Abramane

Nicolas Courjal

Biography
Érinice

Emmanuelle de Negri

Biography
Oromasès / La Vengeance

Christian Immler

Biography
Céphie

Léa Désandre

Biography
Zopire

Virgile Ancely

Biography
Narbanor

Etienne Bazola

Biography
Orchestra and choir

Ensemble und Chor Pygmalion

Biography