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    La Vestale

    Gaspare Spontini 

    Spontini was celebrated in his time by the general public and many composers. La Vestale, at the crossroads of styles, is of imperial flamboyance.

    Photo de Christophe Rousset © Eric Larrayadieu
    Christophe Rousset © Eric Larrayadieu

    Marina Rebeka | Julia
    Stanislas de Barbeyrac | Licinius
    Tassis Christoyannis | Cinna
    Aude Extrémo | The Great Vestal
    Nicolas Courjal | The Great Pontiff
    David Witczak   Un Consul, le Chef des Aruspices

    Christophe Rousset | direction
    Les Talens Lyriques
    Chœur de la Radio flamande

    Sung in French, surtitled in French and English

    Guilty of allowing the sacred fire in the temple of Vesta to be extinguished while she declared her love for General Licinus, Julia is to be executed when divine intervention occurs. If the plot of the libretto relies on simplicity, it favours both the psychological depth of the protagonists and the transparency of political allusions. How can one not assimilate, in this opera dedicated to Josephine, the character of Licinus to Napoleon Bonaparte? More than a work of propaganda, La Vestale is, thanks to Spontini's score, one of the links between the operatic tragedy of the Ancien Régime and the grand opera genre. The work requires the presence on stage of an exceptional soprano: the young Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka takes up the challenge by playing Julia after Caroline Branchu at the premiere in 1807 and Maria Callas in 1954 at La Scala.

    COPRODUCTION Palazzetto Bru Zane | Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Les Talens Lyriques | Chœur de la Radio flamande
    Dans le cadre du 9e Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris

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