Refrigerated Rameau

Glyndebourne's Hippolyte et Aricie

The Glyndebourne summer opera festival in England will be live-streaming their first ever production of a Rameau opera, his 1733 debut opera, Hippolyte et Aricie, tomorrow from their website at 1:15 PM, East Coast time.

This was Rameau‘s first opera, written when he was 50, and it set off a great divide between more traditional operatic followers of Lully, who established the conventions of French opera, and the “Ramoneurs” who appreciated Rameau‘s inventive and chock-block full-o’-hits creation.

As you can see, the Glyndebourne production is for some reason set in a refrigerator…  But at any rate, you should get a nice musical performance to complement the wacky stage direction, since Buffalo-born master of the French Baroque William Christie is conducting.

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