Les Talens Lyriques / Phaëton

8 March 2013 / 19:00

Tickets £11 – 45

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Lully Phaëton

Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro Phaëton
Ingrid Perruche Clymène
Isabelle Druet Théone, Astrée
Sophie Bevan Libye
Andrew Foster-Williams Épaphus
Matthew Brook Mérops, Automne, Jupiter
Benoît Arnould Protée, Saturne
Cyril Auvity Triton, Le Soleil, La Déesse De La Terre
Virginie Thomas Une Heure, Une Bergère Égyptienne
Namur Chamber Choir

Pre-concert talk 5.45 – 6.15pm, Fountain Room

With conductor Christophe Rousset and Edward Blakeman, Editor BBC Radio 3 and BBC Proms.

This talk is free to ticket holders for the evening concert. Capacity is limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Phaëton became known as Lully’s ‘opera of the people’. At fifty years old, the composer was at the height of his fame and the peak of his abilities. He set about creating a theatre work that seemed to have it all: touching emotion against supernatural eruptions; tension and tumult against tender romance. But in this allegorical tale of the upstart hero Phaëton, Lully arguably saved his best for the increasingly active orchestra and multi-hued chorus; the latter’s inspired tunes were said to be spontaneously accompanied by humming audiences. Lully’s gallant and heroic tragédie lyrique is brought vividly back to life in this concert performance from specialist ensemble Les Talens Lyriques.

The performance will finish at approximately 10pm

Listen to Catherine Bott interview Christophe Rousset about the opera.

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This event is part of:
All classical music events - 2012–2013 season
Barbican Productions 2012–2013

Produced by the Barbican

French artists at the Barbican supported by the Institut français


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