Les Boréades
by Jean-Philippe Rameau
William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, with soloists Paul Agnew, Jaël Azzaretti, Laurent Naouri, Anna Maria Panzarella, Nicolas Rivenq, and Toby Spence, are scheduled to perform Les Boréades at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House on June 9, 11, and 13 at 7:30 p.m., and on June 15 at 2 p.m.

"Director Robert Carsen and his creative team flood the stage with summer blossoms, mountinous piles of autumn leaves, punishing winter snows, and thunderous spring storms.  the soloists, chorus, and dancers, 140-strong, are costumed in late 1940s, Dior-inspired dress to simpler garments to no garments at all."--from BAM brochure.
"A mythic tale of a young queen who chooses to abdicate her throne rather than be forced into a marriage with a descendant of Boreas, god of the North Wind--Les Boréades was abandoned in rehearsals at the Paris Opera in 1763 for reasons unclear to this day.  Rameau died the following year and the work disappeared from puplic view."--from BAM brochure.
COMPOSER
Jean-Philippe RAMEAU
LIBRETTIST
Louis de CAHUSAC
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir in a recording with the following cast:

Alphise:  Jennifer Smith

Sémire: Anne Marie Rodde

Polymnie: Edwige Bourdy

Nymphe: Martine March

Calisis: John Aler

Borilée: Gilles Cachemaille

Abaris: Philip Langridge

Borée Jean-Philippe Lafont

Adamas: François Le Roux

The recording can be ordered from
amazon.co.uk.
Boreades at gemm.com
Renaud Machart gave a fairly negative review at lemonde.fr on 31 March 2003 to a performance of Les Boréades at the Palais Garnier, Paris.  "Le public de la première a copieusement hué la chorégraphie et la mise en scène de ce spectacle."

Hugues R. Gall of the Opéra National de Paris has announced in a communiqué on the opera company's home page that he will no longer advertise in Le Monde.  He says that "le journal Le Monde n'aime (presque) aucun de nos spectacles . . .."

Rameau: Les Boreades, DVD, amazon.com
" . . . William Christie's concert performance [of Les Boréades] at the Barbican, with his ensemble Les Arts Florissants and a handpicked cast, created a complete dramatic experience, one that put the richness and imagination of Rameau's music centre stage," wrote Tom Service in a review dated 21 June 2003 at guardian.co.uk.
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