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Isis

Jean-Baptiste Lully

A rare piece by Lully which offers further proof of his reputation as an extremely refined writer.

Christophe Rousset
Christophe Rousset © Nathanael Mergui
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Cast

Eve-Maud Hubeaux Isis / Io  
Bénédicte Tauran Renommée / Melpomène / Mycène / Junon 
Ambroisine Bré
Calliope / Iris / Syrinx / Hébé
Robert Getchell
Apollon / Pirante / Erinnis
Fabien Hyon
Mercure
Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Jupiter / Pan
Philippe Estèphe
Neptune / Argus
Aimery Lefèvre
Hierax

Christophe Rousset direction
Les Talens Lyriques
Chœur de chambre de Namur

Sung in French with French and English subtitles

Isis, the fifth collaboration between Lully and his librettist Quinault, was not as rapturously received as Armide, Atys and Phaëton. The work clearly alludes to the context of the royal court of the day and depicts the jealousy of Madame de Montespan (Juno), who has been spurned by her royal lover (Jupiter) in favour of the young and beautiful Madame de Ludres (who is obviously Isis). Quinault paid for his boldness with two year’s exile from court and the work was consigned to oblivion for three centuries. However, the score is not without beautiful passages in all genres carried by a simple libretto recounting the misfortunes of the Nymph Io, who was loved by Jupiter and hounded by jealous Juno. After many twists and turns, Io takes refuge from her pursuer at the mouth of the Nile, where she becomes the goddess Isis after many more equally thrilling adventures. Christophe Rousset is a Lully connoisseur and will undoubtedly rise to the challenge of accompanying the adventures of the unfortunate Io/Isis with great delicacy.

Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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