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Cadmus et HermioneIn concert

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Château de Versailles: Royal Opera HousePlace d’Armes Entrance at the Gate of Honour, Paris, Île-de-France, 78000, France
On Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 20:00
Vincent DumestreConductor
Adèle CharvetMezzo-sopranoHermione
Thomas DoliéBaritoneCadmus
Eva ZaïcikMezzo-sopranoCharite, Melisse
Nicholas ScottTenorArcas, Nurse
Lisandro AbadieBaritoneArbas, Pan
Guilhem WormsBassJupiter, The Grand Sacrificer
Le Poème Harmonique

In 1672, Lully obtained the King’s privilege for the nascent Académie Royale de Musique. In 1673, he gave his first lyric tragedy (opera), Cadmus and Hermione, which met with incredible success.

As in his previous compositions – divertimentos, court ballets and comedy-ballets – Lully beautifully highlights the voices and the orchestra and multiplies the exceptional arias so enjoyed by the court. And also, with the librettist Philippe Quinault, he introduces the dramatic force of French tragedy in an exclusively musical work: the audience is charmed by the magnificent depiction of heroic love. First tragic heroes, first great love duets, first audience tears: lyric tragedy, opera in the French style, was born and Lully would continue along this path until his death in 1687…and his works were performed until the Revolution.

In 2008, Vincent Dumestre brilliantly revived this foundation work. He is returning to this work after a decade of love for this music and experience acquired by his musicians, with the desire to record it for our CD collection. A celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Académie Royale de Musique with its first masterpiece!

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