Opera

The Birth of the Sun King

Le Ballet Royal de la Nuit

Jean de Cambefort, Antonie Boësset, Louis Constantin, Michel Lambert, Francesco Cavalli y Luigi Rossi

19 Jun, 22

Musical conductor and musical reconstitution: Sébastien Daucé | Ensemble Correspondances | Opera in concert version

El nacimiento del Rey Sol
Premiere at the Teatro Real

18:00

Time

19 Jun 22

Date

1

Performance

There are many monarchs who have had lead roles in operas (just this season at the Teatro Real we have Edward II of England, Gustav III of Sweden, and Fernando IV of Castile), but very few titles have the honour of being premiered by a King. In 1653, King Louis XIV, at the time aged 15 - danced the role of the god Apollon in the spectacle Le Ballet Royale de la nuit (The Royal Ballet of Night). The court extravaganza, celebrated the triumph of the crown over the rebellion that the aristocrats of the Fronde had instigated five years earlier. By way of an allegory, the Sun King dispels the darkness of the night, this is musically spread over four Watches (or veilles? In French? “Watches” is very confusing in this context) where song alternates with dance. Written by different French and Italian composers connected to the Court, the score lay buried deep in the archives of the Philidor Collection of the former library of the Paris Conservatory for centuries. It was rediscovered in 2004 and musically reconstituted in 2016 by Sebastian Daucé and the Ensemble Correspondances. Thanks to this process, we can enjoy an exquisite work where echoes of early Venetian opera and the antecedents of Lully’s tragic lyricism are recognisable.


Semi-opera in four scenes and final dance

Music by Jean de Cambefort (1605-1661), Antoine Boësset (1587-1643), Louis Constantin (1697-1779), Michel Lambert (1610-1696), with excerpts from Ercole amante (1662) by Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) and Orfeo (1647) by Luigi Rossi (1597-1653)

Libretto by Isaac de Benserade

Premiered at the Palais Petit-Bourbon of Paris on the 23rd of February, 1653

Premiere at the Teatro Real

Opera in concert version

Ensemble Correspondances


ARTISTIC TEAM

Conductor and musical reconstitution | Sébastien Daucé

 

CAST

The night / Italian Venus | Lucile Richardot

Eurydice / Cynthia / A French grace | Caroline Weynants

Venus / The silence | Caroline Dangin-Bardot

Pasithea / Mnemosyne / The dawn / A French grace | Perrine Devillers

An hour / Ianeira's moon / A French grace | Deborah Cachet

Juno | Ilektra Platiopoulou

Apollon | David Tricou

The dream | Étienne Bazola

Hercules | Renaud Bres

The high priest | Nicolas Brooymans

Language

Francés

Subtitles in

Español, Inglés

Releases

Amigos del Real

22 February

2022

Suscribers

24 February

2022

General Public

01 March

2022

Performances

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19 June 2022

18:00

Main Auditorium

Lucile Richardot, Caroline Weynants, Caroline Dangin-Bardot, Perrine Devillers, Deborah Cachet, Ilektra Platiopoulou, David Tricou, Étienne Bazola, Renaud Bres, Nicolas Brooymans
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