Glyndebourne Festival has just opened its first ever Rameau opera, Hippolyte et Aricie. The festival is now in full swing for this year, featuring Ariadne auf Naxos, Falstaff and Le Nozze di Figaro, with Don Pasquale and Billy Budd yet to open. Hippolyte et Aricie is running from 29th June – 18th August.
Jean-Philippe Rameau’s first work for the stage draws on ancient Greek tragedy and 17th century classical French drama to create a version of the story of Theseus, Phaedra and Hippolytus.
Dance is integral to this opera, acting as a counterpoint to the unfolding story of a woman who falls in love with her stepson, a man who jumps to the wrong conclusions and is pursued by fate, and the uncertain destiny of two young lovers.
In a welcome return to Glyndebourne, the pivotal role of Phèdre is performed by Sarah Connolly, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment taking on the score.
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