Experience Rameau’s recently rediscovered masterwork — Le temple de la gloire — fully staged as Rameau intended, for the first time since the opera’s 1745 premiere.  The magnificent libretto is by Voltaire.  The original manuscript is housed at U.C. Berkeley’s Hargrove Music Library, making Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall the ideal setting for three spectacular performances.  This co-production with Cal Performances, New York Baroque Dance Company and Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles represents a collaboration years in the making.

The version of this ballet héroïque that has been heard up until now is the second version which was substantially changed by Rameau to take into account the Parisian public’s aversion to moral maxims, and their preference for love scenes. Voltaire originally wanted this to be a philosophical reform of opera:  an allegory around the idea of the temple of glory, a grandiose spectacle with moral and political overtones. This original 1745 version is much more spectacular, and its originality in the history of Enlightenment Theater calls for a twenty-first-century restaging. And this is the version audiences will experience in April 2017.

A co-production with Cal Performances and Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles with the New York Baroque Dance Company.

RAMEAU Le temple de la gloire

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Gabrielle Philiponet, soprano
Chantal Santon-Jeffery, soprano
Camille Ortiz-Lafont, soprano
Artavazd Sargsyan, haute-contre

Aaron Sheehan, haute-contre
Philippe-Nicolas Martin, baritone
Marc Labonnette, baritone

New York Baroque Dance Company
Catherine Turocy, director
Philharmonia Chorale,
Bruce Lamott, director

Catherine Turocy, stage director and choreographer
Scott Blake, set designer
Marie Anne Chiment, costume designer
Pierre Dupouey, lighting designer


Friday April 28, 8 pm | Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
Saturday April 29, 8 pm | Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
Sunday April 30, 3 pm | Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

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