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Is Trajan Happy? The Remarkable History of Le Temple de la Gloire
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)
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.
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PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
RAMEAU: LE TEMPLE DE LA GLOIRE
April 18–30, 2017
Round Table Discussion
Tue, April 18, 6pm
125 Morrison Hall
A lively consideration of the extraordinary original 1745 manuscript score and libretto for Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire, one of the great treasures in the collections of UC Berkeley's Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library. With Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale music director Nicholas McGegan, library head John Shepard, and emeritus library head John Roberts.
Free and open to the public.
Fri, April 28, 7pm
With Le Temple de la Gloire stage director and choreographer Catherine Turocy, director and co-founder of the New York Baroque Dance Company.
Free to ticket holders.
Rendezvous with Rameau
Sat, April 29
Free and open to the public. Pre-registration recommended.
Baroque Dance and Music Workshop
Sat, April 29, 11am–12:30pm
Led by members of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) and the New York Baroque Dance Company (NYBDC).
Open to members of the public ages 16 and older. Pre-registration recommended.
Currently the workshop is full, but additional spaces may become available at the door.
Resurrecting Rameau Opera for the Contemporary Stage
Sat, April 29, 2–3:30pm
Round table discussion with Benoît Dratwicki (Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles), Julien Dubruque (Rameau scholar), Nicholas McGegan (PBO), and Catherine Turocy (NYBDC), moderated by musicologist Victor Gavenda.
Rameau Listening Party
Sat, April 29, 4–5pm
With Nicholas McGegan and Benoît Dratwicki
Program notes are available online. [PDF]