Event : Lully: Cadmus and Hermione
Place : Opéra royal du Château de Versailles
Date : Tuesday 26th November
In 1672, Lully obtained the King’s privilege for the nascent Académie Royale de Musique. In 1673, he gave his first lyric tragedy (opera), Cadmus and Hermione, which met with incredible success.
As in his previous compositions – divertimentos, court ballets and comedy-ballets – Lully beautifully highlights the voices and the orchestra and multiplies the exceptional arias so enjoyed by the court. And also, with the librettist Philippe Quinault, he introduces the dramatic force of French tragedy in an exclusively musical work: the audience is charmed by the magnificent depiction of heroic love. First tragic heroes, first great love duets, first audience tears: lyric tragedy, opera in the French style, was born and Lully would continue along this path until his death in 1687…and his works were performed until the Revolution.
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