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- William Christie: "There were a number of important moments in the history of the Arts Florissants, but there's one moment that obviously stands out - and that's the moment when we produced Atys."
Christie had been approached by the director of the Paris Opera, Massimo Bogianckino, to think about putting on a Lully opera. Christie was advised by the Opéra-Comique's Thierry Fouquet that Quinault's libretto for 'Atys' would demand an extraordinary stage director - Jean-Marie Villégier took this role and he, together with Christie, created 'Atys'. The production marked the renaissance of Baroque Opera in France.
The American philanthropist Ronald P. Stanton has funded this 2011, Opera Comique production that has been described as 'one to see before you die', and it is clear that the magic of this show is still intact.
Villégier has concentrated the tragedy in a unique backdrop of black marble, marked by furniture from the State Apartments of Versailles, and sumptuous costumes designed by Patrice Cauchetier with graceful choreography by the late Francine Lancelot revived by Béatrice Massin. The fabulous musicians and choir of Les Arts Florissants and the Jardin des Voix need no introduction here.
Last, but not least, we have the powerfully-projected Atys of Bernard Richter, admired mezzo, Stephanie d'Oustrac as Cybele, rival to the vibrant Sangaride, sung by soprano Emmanuelle de Negri.
Discover this masterpiece of Lully magnified by the combined talents of William Christie and Jean Marie Villégier.
- Atys - Bernard Richter
Cybèle - Stéphanie d?Oustrac
Sangaride - Emmanuelle de Negri
Célénus - Nicolas Rivenq
Idas - Marc Mauillon
Doris - Sophie Daneman
Mélisse - Jaël Azzaretti
Le Sommeil - Paul Agnew
Morphée - Cyril Auvity
Danseurs Compagnie Fêtes galantes
Les Arts Florissants
Jean-Marie Villégier (director)
Carlo Tommasi (designer)
Patrice Cauchetier (costumes)
Francine Lancelot, Béatrice Massin (choreography)
Coproduction Opéra Comique, 1987 for the salle Favart
Brochure 32 pages
- 2 DVD - 4h 55mn 0s
release date. 2011-10-24