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Tragédie en musique in five acts and one prologue (1686)

Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Libretto by Philippe Quinault based on "La Gerusalemme liberata ovvero il Goffredo" (1575) by Torquato Tasso

Performed in French

Friday, 18 December 2015, 7 pm

Content

The opera Armide represents the last collaboration between Jean-Baptiste Lully and the librettist Philippe Quinault and is at the same time considered one of their most successful. Quinault took material from Torquato Tasso’s epic poem La Gerusalemme liberata as his subject matter: Armide, the niece of King Hidraot of Damascus, has magical powers which she uses to great effect in the battle against the enemy army of crusaders. Against her will she falls in love with the Christian knight Renaud. She initially succeeds in ensnaring him, but his friends manage to free him from her spell. Humiliated and despairing, Armide destroys her own palace and hurtles off through the air in a chariot.

Cast

La Glorie

Hélène Le Corre

Biography
La Sagesse

Marie-Claude Chappuis

Biography
Armide

Marie-Adeline Henry

Biography
Renaud

Antonio Figueroa

Biography
Sidonie | Lucinde | Une bergère héroïque

Marie-Claude Chappuis

Biography
Phénice | Mélisse

Hélène Le Corre

Biography
Hidraot

Douglas Williams

Biography
Ubalde

Etienne Bazola

Biography
Aronte | La Haine

Edwin Crossley-Mercer

Biography
Artémidore

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro

Biography
Le Chevalier Danois | Un amant fortuné

Cyril Auvity

Biography
Une nymphe des eaux

Hélène Le Corre

Biography
Orchestra

Les Talens Lyriques

Biography
Choir

Choeur de Chambre de Namur

Biography