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SemiramisIn concert

Château de Versailles: Royal Opera HousePlace d’Armes Entrance at the Gate of Honour, Paris, Île-de-France, 78000, Frankreich
Am Mittwoch 4 März 2020 um 20:00
Margaux BlanchardDirigent
Éléonore PancraziMezzosopranAmestris
Emmanuelle de NegriSopranSemiramis
Mathias VidalTenorArsane
Thibault de DamasBassbaritonZoroastre
Sylvain SartreDirektor
Le Concert Spirituel
Les Ombres

André Cardinal Destouches had an exceptional life. He began as a missionary in Siam, and went on to fight in the royal army at the siege of Namur (1692); he then discovered his talent for music, took lessons with Campra and became very close to the musician. His first opera composition Isse was performed in 1697 in front of Louis XIV with great success.

Twenty years later, he composed his last opera Semiramis (1718). Its powerful libretto retraces the ill-fated destiny of the Queen of Babylon, who fearing an oracle predicting her son would be the cause of her death, abandoned him at birth. But Arsane, the adoptive son she adores without knowing about his birth, will accomplish the gods’ will to save his beloved Amestris, after being turned mad by Zoroaster’s magic. From this powerful libretto, Destouches draws striking effects which turn his ultimate composition into a torrent of passion. Margaux Blanchard and Sylvain Sartre bring together the best artists for a fiery interpretation of this score recorded for our CD collection.

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