Hippolyte et Aricie

Tragédie lyrique in five acts (1733/1757)

Music by

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Text by

Simon-Joseph Pellegrin after the tragedie »Phèdre« by Jean Racine

The French Baroque opera »Hippolyte et Aricie« carries its audience away into a realm of wonders with magnificent dance and choir scenes and the greatest possible multitude of musical forms, featuring divine apparitions, spectacular forces of nature and monstrous beasts on stage. Jean-Philippe Rameau, a French contemporary of Bach and Händel, was 50 years old before he ventured to write his first opera, which resulted in a more avant-garde work, revolutionising the music of his time. Rich in contrast, with radically novel, sometimes dissonant harmonics; extraordinarily colourful and complex orchestral movements; and dramatic intensity and multifarious rhythms, Rameau’s »Hippolyte et Aricie« was a world whose idyll and rationality were threatened by the passion of forbidden love and raging jealousy.

Phèdre, the second wife of the Athenian King Thesée, is tormented by her secret love for her stepson, Hippolyte. When she learns that Hippolyte loves Princess Aricie of the Pallantids, who are enemies of the Athenians, Phèdre can no longer hold back her feelings. At the same time, her husband Thesée, who is believed to be dead, tries to free a friend from the Underworld, which is musically portrayed as dark and grotesque. He himself, however, can only escape with divine assistance. Thesée returns home just in time to see Hippolyte facing Phèdre with a weapon in his hand, but draws the wrong conclusion and summons a sea monster to kill his son …

As part of Baroque Days 2018, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden is performing an opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau, »France’s greatest musical genius« (Camille Saint-Saëns), for the very first time.

Termine

Premiere BAROCKTAGE 2018
In French language with German and English surtitles
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)

Cast

BAROCKTAGE 2018
In French language with German and English surtitles
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)

Cast

Family Performance BAROCKTAGE 2018
In French language with German and English surtitles
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)

Cast

BAROCKTAGE 2018
In French language with German and English surtitles
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)

Cast

BAROCKTAGE 2018
In French language with German and English surtitles
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)

Cast

BAROCKTAGE 2018 For the last time this season
In French language with German and English surtitles
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)

Cast