Idoménée

TRAGÉDIE EN MUSIQUE IN A PROLOGUE AND FIVE ACTS (1712/1731)

Music by

André Campra

Text by

Antoine Danchet

The same source material that later inspired Mozart’s Italian opera seria »Idomeneo« – here, as a French tragédie lyrique. Neptune, the sea god, only agrees to let King Idoménée survive a storm unscathed when the king promises to show his gratitude by sacrificing the first person he encounters on his native shores. When that victim-to-be turns out to be his own son Idamante, Idoménée finds himself in an irreconcilable conflict between his paternal feelings, his duties as a monarch and his religious obligations.

The whirlwind of divine complications consumes not only father and son, king and prince, but also the rivalling princesses Ilione and Électre. Following the conventions of the tragédie lyrique genre, the work’s scope extends beyond human passions. The gods Venus and Neptune, thirsty for vengeance, also deliver impressive performances and bring their victims – unlike in Mozart’s version – to a tragic end. With André Campra, a composer who is largely unknown in Germany takes the spotlight in the BAROCKTAGE 2021. Born in southern France, Campra was active in Paris starting in the 1690s and made a name for himself in the final years of Louis XIV’s reign with around fifteen operas, which were very successful in their day. »Idoménée« shines with immense formal versatility, encompassing traditionally declaimed recitatives, various types of arias and instrumental numbers, and ballet interludes, giving a fantastic glimpse of the tragédie lyrique genre as it existed in the period between its creation by Jean-Baptiste Lully and its reform by Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Dates

Premiere BAROCKTAGE 2021
Language: In French language with German and English surtitles
Introductory matinee on 31 October 2021

Cast

    • LE CONCERT D’ASTRÉE
BAROCKTAGE 2021
Language: In French language with German and English surtitles
Introductory matinee on 31 October 2021

Cast

    • LE CONCERT D’ASTRÉE
BAROCKTAGE 2021
Language: In French language with German and English surtitles
Introductory matinee on 31 October 2021

Cast

    • LE CONCERT D’ASTRÉE
Language: In French language with German and English surtitles
Introductory matinee on 31 October 2021

Cast

    • LE CONCERT D’ASTRÉE
For the last time this season
Language: In French language with German and English surtitles
Introductory matinee on 31 October 2021

Cast

    • LE CONCERT D’ASTRÉE

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