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    Les Boréades

    Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Rameau’s last lyric tragedy, Les Boréades, is one of the musician’s most accomplished works.

    Sabine Devieilhe
    Sabine Devieilhe ©Jean-Baptiste Millot, Erato
    Reinoud  Van Mechelen
    Reinoud Van Mechelen © Senne an der Ven
    Gyorgy Vashegyi
    Gyorgy Vashegyi © Pilvax Films

    Sabine Devieilhe | Alphise
    Reinoud Van Mechelen | Abaris
    Thomas Dolié | Borée
    Tassis Christoyannis | Adamas / Apollon
    Benedikt Kristjánsson | Calisis
    Philippe Estèphe | Borilée
    Gwendoline Blondeel | Sémire / A nymph / L’Amour / Polymnie

    György Vashegyi | direction

    Orfeo Orchestra
    Purcell Choir

    Rameau’s last lyric tragedy, Les Boréades, was intended for the Fêtes Royales festivities celebrating the end of the Seven Years’ War. The death of the musician several weeks after the start of rehearsals meant that the work languished in obscurity for almost 250 years until it was revived in 1964, staged at the Festival d’Aix in the early 1980s, and included in the repertoire of the Opéra de Paris in 2003. Yet Les Boréades is undoubtedly one of Rameau’s finest works: the drama is powerful and the writing for orchestra and chorus is full of virtuosity and sustained melodic invention. A stellar cast has been assembled, including Sabine Devieilhe, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Thomas Dolié, and Tassis Christoyannis, to perform what is considered to be Rameau’s definitive work.

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Sysart Ltd Orfeo Music Foundation | Centre de musique baroque de Versailles | Haydneum – Hungarian Centre for Early Music