Collegium 1704 / Les Boreades 1280x680 © Petra Hajska

Tragédie lyrique in five acts (1763)

Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau

Libretto by Louis de Cahusac

Opera concert in French

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 7 pm until 9.40 pm (Intermission: 8.10 pm)

Content / Background

An opera for those with an interest in meteorology: Alphise, Queen of Bactria, is a prisoner of her position because it only allows her to choose a husband from the family of Boreas, the god of the North Wind, although she has fallen in love with Abaris, an orphan whose origins are unknown. For him she even gives up the crown.  But this does not help her: her two suitors, Borileas and Calisis, sons of Boreas,  quarrel over the vacated throne. In the end, the god Boreas himself has to intervene. He raises a storm to devastate Bactria and abducts Alphise to his cold realm,  intending to torture her there with bad weather until she finally chooses one of his  sons as her husband. However, he has underestimated Abaris, his “no-name”  adversary... Les Boréades is the final work by Jean-Philippe Rameau. It was never  performed in his lifetime, maybe because of the progressive ideas. The first stage  production was not until 1982 in Aix-en-Provence.

Cast

Conductor

Václav Luks

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Alphise

Deborah Cachet

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Abaris

Mathias Vidal

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Sémire

Caroline Weynants

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Calisis

Benedikt Kristjánsson

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Adamas

Benoît Arnould

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Borilée

Tomáš Šelc

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Borée

Nicolas Brooymans

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Apollo

Lukáš Zeman

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Erste Nymphe

Anna Zawisza / Collegium Vocale 1704

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Zweite Nymphe

Tereza Maličkayová / Collegium Vocale 1704

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L’Amour

Helena Hozová / Collegium Vocale 1704

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Polymnie

Pavla Radostová / Collegium Vocale 1704

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Orchestra

Collegium 1704

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Choir

Collegium Vocale 1704

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