Campra takes the spectator on a tour of European nations in love. Sébastien d'Hérin has gathered musicians that are as witty as the lovers they emboby for the revival of this master divertumento of the time of Louis XIV's reign.André Campra was the most important lyric composer between Lully and Rameau. And yet born in Aix-en-Provence in 1660, he started working mostly as a church musician, travelling from cathedral to cathedral in the French provinces, before taking the coveted position at Notre-Dame de Paris in 1694. However once there, he decided to devote himself to opera and the success of his Europe Galante in 1697 was initially anonymous, until the revelation of his authorship obliged him to resign from Notre-Dame…This work is a cornerstone of the opera-ballet style, with a deft mixture of dance and opera in rich divertimenti that were incompatible with his position of Maître de Chapelle at Notre-Dame!
Wishing to highlight the two dominant musical styles of his time, the Italian and the French, Campra takes the audience on a voyage through nations of Europe in love, with Venus and Discord fighting for supremacy over Europe during the prolog…
During the first entrée, France beats in the heart of shepherds and shepherdesses, it is then followed by the entrées of Spain, Italy and masked Venetian balls; to end with Turkey and a seraglio peopled with sultanas and intrigues. A gallant musical voyage, a court divertimento to evoke the exoticism of faraway lands, Europe Galante ideally illustrates the exhibition “Les Voyageurs de Versailles” (The Travelers of Versailles). The caricature is well thought-out: the Frenchman is fickle and indiscreet, the Spaniard faithful and romantic, the Italian refined but jealous and violent and finally the Sultan must temper the Sultana’s criminal resentment, as she has been replaced in his heart by a beautiful slave…This Turkish act would meet with enduring success until the Revolution!
Sébastien d’Hérin gathers soloists who are as piquant as the lovers they interpret, to revive this masterpiece of divertimento from the reign of Louis XIV, recorded for the Alpha/Versailles collection.
"15 MINUTES WITH"
On Thursday 16 November at 7.30pm, share “15 minutes with” the conductor Sébastien d'Hérin, about L'Europe Galante in the Grand Foyer of the Royal Opera.-Please show your ticket for the evening performance, subject to availability
Caroline Mutel Soprano
Isabelle Druet Mezzo-soprano
Anders J. Dahlin Ténor
Nicolas Courjal Baryton
Les Nouveaux Caractères
Sébastien d’Hérin Conductor
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From November 16, 2017 to November 16, 2017
• Annual - 3rd category : 17€ (Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility) / 2nd category : 30€ / 1st category : 42€ / Prestige (glass of champagne + programme) : 63€ REDUCED RATE APPLICABLE TO : - under 26, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people - holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport. Reservation by telephone only at +33 (0) 130 837 889 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability). Detailed conditions on the Chateau de Versailles internet site.From 17 € to 63 €
• Annual - 3rd category (Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility) : 20€ / 2nd category : 35€ / 1st category : 50€ / Prestige (glass of champagne + programme) : 75€ / Prestige VIP (glass of champagne + programme) : 90€From 20 € to 90 €
- On November 16, 2017 from 20:00 at 22:30