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Ariane et Bacchus

Marin Marais 

Marin Marais is best known for his viola da gamba catalogue, but he also wrote for opera, including this exciting and rare Ariadne and Bacchus.

Hervé Niquet
Hervé Niquet © Julien Mignot

Cast

Judith van Wanroij | Ariane
Véronique Gens | Junon / La Nymphe de la Seine
Mathias Vidal | Bacchus / Un Songe
Hélène Carpentier | Terpsichore / Dircée / Un Songe
Marie Perbost | La Gloire / Corcine
Matthieu Lecroart | Géralde / Jupiter
David Witczak | Adraste
Tomislav Lavoie | Le Roi / Un Sacrificateur
Philippe Estèphe | Pan / Le Deuxième matelot / Lycas / Phobétor / Phantase / Alecton
Marine Lafdal-Franc | L'Amour / Elise / La Naxienne
David Tricou | Un Plaisir / Un Suivant du Roi / Le Premier matelot / Mercure

Hervé Niquet | direction
Orchestre et Chœur Le Concert Spirituel
Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles | direction Fabien Armengaud

Sung in French, surtitled in French and English

To read

Known as a performer and author of pieces for the viola da gamba, Marin Marais was also an opera musician and even a conductor for several years. He composed four operatic tragedies, one of which, Ariadne and Bacchus, has yet to be rediscovered. With a libretto rich in characters and contrasting situations, a dense and dramatic score, and colourful orchestration, this is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of the second half of the reign of Louis XIV, the revival of which is owed to the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.

COPRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Centre de musique baroque de Versailles / Concert Spirituel

Backstage

Ariane et Bacchus

Sur les traces d’un chef-d’œuvre de Marin Marais

Dans le cadre de la résidence croisée du Concert Spirituel au Théâtre des Champs-Elysées avec le Centre de musique baroque de Versailles (CMBV), Hervé Niquet présente un opéra de Marin Marais encore inédit : Ariane et Bacchus

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