V. Tournet

Les fêtes grecques et romaines - Colin de Blamont / Festival d'Opéra Baroque et Romantique de Beaune

Music, Lyric art, Classical music, Music, Opera in Beaune
  • Les Fêtes grecques et romaines was a hit from the moment it premiered in July 1723. Firstly, because the "ballet" form, which involves narrating a different plot for each entry, was very popular.

    Secondly, because the librettist had the idea of freeing himself from myth to draw inspiration from history: Alcibiades distinguished himself at the Olympic Games, Mark Antony and Cleopatra celebrated the Bacchanalia, and the Latin poet Tibullus courted his beloved Delia during the Saturnalia....
    Les Fêtes grecques et romaines was a hit from the moment it premiered in July 1723. Firstly, because the "ballet" form, which involves narrating a different plot for each entry, was very popular.

    Secondly, because the librettist had the idea of freeing himself from myth to draw inspiration from history: Alcibiades distinguished himself at the Olympic Games, Mark Antony and Cleopatra celebrated the Bacchanalia, and the Latin poet Tibullus courted his beloved Delia during the Saturnalia.

    The music follows in Lully's footsteps, but far from limiting himself to imitation, Bla- mont introduces a few subtleties: an instrumental aria orchestrated as a trio, the importance given to solo parts in dialogue with certain singers, and so on. As Benoît Dratwicki, a specialist on the composer, writes, "the music of the Fêtes grecques et romaines is in a style that is racy and harmonious, but - in the final analysis - perhaps more cosmopolitan than one might think at first sight". The work was revived, always with "great success". Like many operas of the period, Les Fêtes grecques et romaines subsequently fell into oblivion, known only to specialists. Colin de Blamont deserves to be rediscovered for his effective and engaging style, which Valentin Tournet at the helm of the Chapelle Harmonique serves up in the context of the Paris Olympic Games!
  • Spoken languages
    • French
    • English
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  • On July 6, 2024 from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
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