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    Jean-Baptiste Lully 

    Persée by Lully, which is rarely performed, has all the ingredients of a monumental opera. Hervé Niquet has put together a fine team to bring this sleeping beauty back to life.

    Photo de Mathias Vidal © Bruno Perroud
    Mathias Vidal © Bruno Perroud
    Photo de Hervé Niquet © Henri Buffetaut
    Hervé Niquet © Henri Buffetaut

    Mathias Vidal | Persée
    Déborah Cachet | Andromède
    Hélène Carpentier | Mérope
    Thomas Dolié | Phinée
    Véronique Gens | Cassiope
    Matthieu Lécroart | Céphée
    Reinoud Van Mechelen | Mercure
    David Tricou | Mégathyme / First Ethiopian / Euryale 
    David Witczak | Phronime / Second Ethiopian / A Cyclope / Méduse / Triton /  High priest
    Alexandre Baldo | Third Ethiopian / An infernal deity / Sténone / Idas 
    Olivia Doray | Virtue / Hymen 
    Marine Lafdal-Franc | Fortune / A warrior Nymph / Vénus / L’Amour

    Hervé Niquet | direction
    Le Concert Spirituel Orchestra & Choir 
    Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles | direction Fabien Armengaud 

    Composed for Louis XIV by Jean-Baptiste Lully and his faithful librettist Philippe Quinault, who drew his inspiration from Ovid, Persée has all the ingredients of a monumental opera. This spectacular work, punctuated by dances, fight scenes, and special effects, tells the extraordinary story of Perseus, the son of Zeus, who defeated a snake-haired monster, the gorgon Medusa. A typical Lully opera, it comprises an overture, a prologue (praising Louis XIV) and five acts. This highly flamboyant work blends heroic glory and the pangs of love with balance and finesse. Over a century after its premiere, Persée was chosen by Louis XV to inaugurate the new opera house at the Palace of Versailles for the marriage of Marie-Antoinette and the Dauphin. It has been a sleeping beauty on the opera stage ever since and audiences are now flocking to see it because it is so rarely performed.

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