106. Thésée (Lully)

Tragédie lyrique in a prologue and 5 acts Composer: Jean-Baptiste Lully Libretto: Philippe Quinault First performed: Académie royale de musique, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, before Louis XIV, 3 February 1675; then at the Opéra (1re salle du Palais-Royal), April 1675, conducted by the composer Thésée was one of Lully’s most enduring successes.  First performed before Louis XIV in 1675, it … Continue reading 106. Thésée (Lully)

70. Cadmus et Hermione (Lully) – revised

CADMUS ET HERMIONE Tragédie in 5 acts and a prologue Composer: Jean-Baptiste de Lully Librettist: Philippe Quinault First performed: Paris, jeu de paume de Bel-Air, 27 April 1673 The father of French opera was an Italian. The young Giovanni Battista Lulli accompanied Louis XIV’s cousin Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orléans, duchess of Montpensier, “the Grand Mademoiselle”, to France as her … Continue reading 70. Cadmus et Hermione (Lully) – revised

105. Alceste (Lully)

ALCESTE, OU LE TRIOMPHE D'ALCIDE Tragédie en musique in a prologue and 5 acts Composer : Jean-Baptiste Lully Librettist : Philippe Quinault, after Euripides’ Alcestis First performed : Théâtre du Palais-Royal, 19 January 1674, then at Saint-Germain, finally in Paris Epiphany: Lully is fun. His operas are, after all, full of lively, toe-tapping dances; brilliant choruses; and plenty … Continue reading 105. Alceste (Lully)

71. Atys (Jean-Baptiste Lully)

Tragédie in 5 acts and a prologue Composer: Jean-Baptiste de Lully Librettist: Philippe Quinault First performed: Saint-Germain, before Louis XIV, 10 January 1676; Paris, August 1677 BACKGROUND Atys was known as "l'opéra du Roy", the King's opera. It was first performed at Saint-Germain, before Louis XIV.  The king had it performed for him again in 1676, 1678, and 1682, … Continue reading 71. Atys (Jean-Baptiste Lully)