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    Achante et Céphise

    Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Rameau’s inspired handling of drama and colour inform this neglected heroic pastorale revived by Les Ambassadeurs

    Sabine Devieihle
    Sabine Devieihle © Fabien Monthubert

    Sabine Devieilhe Céphise
    Cyrille Dubois Achante
    Thomas Dolié Oroès
    Chantal Santon-Jeffery Zirphile
    Eugénie Lefebvre La Grande Prêtresse
    Artavazd Sargsyan Un coryphée / Un berger
    David Witczak Un coryphée / Un chasseur
    Marine Lafdal-Franc Une fée / Une bergère
    Anne-Sophie Petit Délie / La deuxième prêtresse
    Mélodie Ruvio La troisième prêtresse

    Alexis Kossenko direction
    Les Ambassadeurs
    Les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

    Sung in French with French and English subtitles

    Commissioned from Rameau to celebrate the birth of the Duke of Burgundy, Achante et Céphise was composed around a libretto by encyclopaedist and dramatist Jean-François de Marmontel and is one of his most heroic works. It would be short-sighted to downplay the significance of a work written for a specific occasion when it contains as many gems as this one. From the sumptuous overture (describing a firework display with a realism that impressed commentators of the era) to terrifying depictions of the evil genie Oroès, punctuated with hypnotic musettes and lively interludes with huntsmen, Rameau demonstrates his mastery of drama and colour throughout this pastorale, which, for the first time in French music, gives pride of place to clarinets and horns. Les Ambassadeurs have produced a critically acclaimed recording and are now bringing the concert version to our stage.

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Centre de musique baroque de Versailles / Les Ambassadeurs 
    En partenariat avec le CRR de Paris