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Castor et Pollux: Paris Opera

Paris, Palais Garnier — Main Hall

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About the Event

Castor et Pollux, Jean‐Philippe Rameau’s lyric tragedy first performed in 1737 at the Académie royale and inspired by the mythological episode of the Gemini. Rarely performed in its original version – the score was reworked by Rameau himself in 1754 –, this daring work plays on contrasts and expressiveness, as in the famous “Tristes apprêts”. The aria is sung by Télaïre mourning the death of her fiancé Castor, killed in battle, before her twin brother Pollux descends into the Underworld to ask his father, Jupiter, to bring him back to life.

While this opera celebrates brotherly love, its prologue poses an essential question for director Peter Sellars: how do you stop a war and its attendant hatred and resentment?

Cast / Production

Jean‐Philippe Rameau: Music
Pierre‐Joseph Bernard: Libretto
Teodor Currentzis: Conductor
Vitaly Polonsky: Chorus master
Peter Sellars: Director
Camille Assaf: Costume design
James F. Ingalls: Lighting design
Alex MacInnis: Video
Antonio Cuenca Ruiz: Dramaturgy
Orchestre et Chœur Utopia

Cast

Jeanine De Bique
Télaïre

Stéphanie d’Oustrac
Phébé

Reinoud Van Mechelen
Castor

Marc Mauillon
Pollux

Claire Antoine
Minerve, Une Suivante d’Hébé

Laurence Kilsby
L’Amour, Le Grand‐Prêtre, l’Athlète

Address

Palais Garnier, 8, rue du Scribe, Paris, France — Google Maps

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