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Rameau: The Temple of Glory
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

April 28–30, 2017

Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Libretto by Voltaire
Sung in French

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

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO)
Philharmonia Chorale
    Bruce Lamott, director
New York Baroque Dance Company (NYBDC)
    Catherine Turocy, director

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

The vivid musical imagination of French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau is brought to life in a lavish, fully staged world-premiere production of his opera-ballet Le Temple de la Gloire, featuring the renowned Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale and leading proponents of period dance, the New York Baroque Dance Company.

The modern-day premiere of the original 1745 version of the opera—featuring a libretto by Voltaire—has been a dream of PBO music director Nicholas McGegan since he first learned of the existence of the work's original manuscript score and libretto at UC Berkeley's Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library. Despite the fact that McGegan and PBO have presented numerous opera productions over the past 31 years, Philharmonia has never mounted a fully staged opera until now.

Voltaire's libretto is in the form of a ballet héroïque, an allegorical ballet that uses mythological characters such as Apollo, Bacchus, and classical demons and gods in a grandiose spectacle with moral and political overtones. Rameau's brilliantly orchestrated music evokes heroic military grandeur and rustic pastoral splendor.

Le Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and its dynamic leader Benoît Dratwicki have provided the French members of the cast; the New York Baroque Dance Company is performing the ballets. Rameau scholar Julien Dubruque has prepared the score. Catherine Turocy is staging and choreographing the work, and Scott Blake is the set designer. Additionally, Parisian lighting designer Pierre Dupouey will create Baroque- inspired lighting, and preeminent costume designer Marie Anne Chiment will create elaborate costumes designed to replicate those worn during the French Baroque period.

"McGegan's interest in French music has deep roots. Interpretatively, he does not put a foot wrong. His instinctive feel for tempi and unfailingly elegant sense...is shared by the band" (BBC Music Magazine).

A co-production of Cal Performances, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, and Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.

Patron Sponsors: Susan Graham Harrison and Michael A. Harrison

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Pictured: Nicholas McGegan, conductor, with the cast of Handel's opera Teseo at Gottingen, 2011.

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Pictured: The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale premiere Rameau's The Temple of Glory, a Cal Performances co-production Friday–Sunday, April 28–30, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

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Pictured: Nicholas McGegan conducts the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale's premiere of Rameau's The Temple of Glory Friday–Sunday, April 28–30, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

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Pictured: Bruce Lamott, director, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale's premiere of Rameau's The Temple of Glory Friday–Sunday, April 28–30, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

(credit: Courtesy of Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, London)

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Pictured: Catherine Turocy, director New York Baroque Dance Company

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Pictured: Catherine Turocy, director New York Baroque Dance Company

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Pictured: New York Baroque Dance Company in their 2011 performance of Handel's Teseo at Gottingen

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Pictured: The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale premiere Rameau's The Temple of Glory, a Cal Performances co-production Friday–Sunday, April 28–30, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

(credit: Suzanne Karp)

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Pictured: The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale premiere Rameau's The Temple of Glory, a Cal Performances co-production Friday–Sunday, April 28–30, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

(credit: Suzanne Karp)

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