Castor et Pollux

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Rameau explores the ruthless mechanisms of human passions with tenderness and subtlety.

Reinoud Van Mechelen, Tassis Christoyannis
Reinoud Van Mechelen © Senne an der Ven, Tassis Christoyannis - DR


Judith van Wanroij | Télaïre 
Véronique Gens | Phébé
Reinoud Van Mechelen | Castor
Tassis Christoyannis | Pollux
Olivia Doray | Minerve / A constellation
Jehanne Amzal  | L’Amour
Hasnaa Bennani | Venus / Follower of Hébé / Une ombre heureuse 
David Witczak | Mars / Second Athlete / Jupiter 
Antonin Rondepierre | First Athlete / High Priest 

György Vashegyi | direction
Orfeo Orchestra
Purcell Choir

Sung in French with French and English subtitles


As a creator, Rameau was often a polemical figure; during his lifetime, he attracted plaudits and mockery in equal measure. This first version of Castor et Pollux dates from 1737 (a second version appeared nearly twenty years later in 1754) and reveals the quality of Rameau’s meticulous attention to musical detail. It also illustrates his desire to renew the traditional sound inherited from dances and ballet at the court, an experiment which the daring composer had already tested in Hyppolyte and Les Indes Galantes. Here, theatre and music combine voluptuously whatever the emotion – love, duty or jealousy. The work alternates between powerful ambiances and surprising colours. This prodigious French seventeenth century creator possesses the unrivalled gift of invention, surprise and seduction

Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / MUPA, Budapest / Orfeo Music Foundation, Budapest

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