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    Iphigénie en Tauride

    Henry Desmarest / André Campra

    A rare work begun by Desmarest and completed by Campra, two composers representing the French Golden Age of the Grand Siècle.

    Véronique Gens
    Véronique Gens © Jean-Baptiste Millot
    Hervé Niquet
    Hervé Niquet © Julien Mignot

    Véronique Gens | Iphigénie
    Reinoud Van Mechelen | Pylade
    Thomas Dolié | Oreste
    David Witczak | Thoas
    Olivia Doray | Electre
    Floriane Hasler | Diane
    Tomislav Lavoie | L’Ordonnateur / L’Océan 
    Antonin Rondepierre | Un habitant de Délos / Triton / Le Grand Sacrificateur
    Jehanne Amzal | Isménide, Première habitante de Délos / Première nymphe / Première prêtresse
    Marine Lafdal-Franc | Deuxième habitante de Délos / Deuxième nymphe / Deuxième prêtresse

    Hervé Niquet | direction
    Orchestre et Chœur Le Concert Spirituel

    As a model example of lyrical tragedy in the French style (5 acts and a prologue), this Iphigénie was begun by Desmarest, completed a few years later by Campra, and premiered at the Académie Royale de musique in 1704. Gifted and precocious Henry Desmarest (1661-1741) had a glittering career ahead of him in the service of Louis XIV, but his life took an unexpected turn when personal circumstances forced him into exile, leaving the work unfinished. His scores in the French musical landscape of the era were characterised in particular by many foreign influences to which he was exposed during his extensive European travels. The sensitivity and virtuosity of his works make him one of the most remarkable composers of his generation. André Campra, who was born in Aix-en-Provence in 1660 and died in Versailles in 1744, also played a leading role on the French opera and sacred music scene. As Master of Music at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, then at the French Royal Academy and the Royal Chapel at Versailles, he occupied key roles which afforded him considerable influence during his lifetime. For this invitation to discover this joint composition, Hervé Niquet has once again assembled a trusted team of singers well-versed in this repertoire

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Le Concert Spirituel | 
    Centre de musique baroque de Versailles