Rameau in Paris and London

One of Rameau’s most popular operas, Les fêtes d’Hébé was an immediate success with Parisian audiences following its premiere in 1739. Almost 300 years later, his inventive and colourful score was brought to the Opera Bastille, Paris as part of a unique collaboration with the Académie de l’Opéra de Paris and Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.

This opera was a huge success in the eighteenth century, and a subtitle that gave its name to the ensemble of Christophe Rousset, this opera-ballet was mostly presented in concert. The libretto is certainly not the most exalting, but the music is very beautiful, which includes, it is said, pages composed by Rameau for the aborted opera, Samson, of which Voltaire had written the libretto.

 

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