Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis

John Blow

MASQUE for the entertainment of the king in three acts and a prologue,1683. Libretto by Anne Kingsmill Finch
Preceded by Begin the Song, ode for St Cecilia by John Blow

Performed in English with supertitles
Presentation of the work by Agnès Terrier 40 minutes prior to each performance

Music direction, Bertrand Cuiller
Stage directing, Louise Moaty

Adonis, Marc Mauillon
Vénus, Céline Scheen
Cupidon, Romain Delalande

Choir, La Maîtrise de Caen
Choir and orchestra, Les Musiciens du Paradis

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The very first English opera 

Purcell's mentor John Blow was an archetype of British musical tradition and the most distinguished musician of his time. Dedicated to sacred genres, he composed his sole opera for the entertainment of King Charles II.

He wrote this short drama for a royal salon with the spiritual intensity and the kind of humor allowed by the secular tradition of English masque.

Goddess Venus loves the young hunter Adonis. Yet, how to be certain of a mortal's eternal fidelity, however enamored? Their love will undergo painful hardships. Under the pen of Blow, the gracious pastoral turns into a true tragedy. In transfiguring mythological characters through a baroque sensibility, the work prompted the young Purcell to create a through-composed opera based on the French and Italian patterns.

It inaugurates English operatic history by the end of the 17th century.


Performance duration 1h40 with an interval


With the support of:

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Cast

 

Music direction, Bertrand Cuiller
Stage directing, Louise Moaty
Choregraphy, Françoise Denieau
Scenery, Adeline Caron
Costumes, Alain Blanchot
Lighting, Christophe Naillet
Make-up, Mathilde Benmoussa

Adonis, Marc Mauillon
Vénus, Céline Scheen
Cupidon, Romain Delalande

Choir, La Maîtrise de Caen
Choir and orchestra, Les Musiciens du Paradis

Associate production, Théâtre de Caen
Co-production, Opéra Comique, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Angers-Nantes Opéra, Opéra de Lille, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles


With the support of:

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Lieu

Salle Favart

Tarif

110, 87, 67, 41, 15, 6 €

Renseignements

0 825 01 01 23 (0,15 € la minute)

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