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Leclair: Scylla and Glaucus

Sat. 25th and Sun. 26th of April 2020


INFO COVID-19: Due to the French government decisions, Château de Versailles Spectacles has to cancel this show.

Véronique Gens Circé
Chantal Santon-Jeffery Scylla
Judith Van Wanroij Vénus, Témire, Dorine
Aaron Sheehan Glaucus
Douglas Williams Licas

Les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles (conducted by Olivier Schneebeli)
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan Musical conductor
New York Baroque Dance Compagny
Catherine Turocy Stage director and choreographer
Marie Anne Chiment Costume designer
Pierre Dupouey Lighting and video designer
Antoine Fontaine Set designer



Jean-Marie Leclair was known all over the world as a virtuoso violinist. At 49, he composed his first (and single) opera, Scylla and Glaucus, created at the Académie Royale de Musique in 1746, and performed seventeen times to great acclaim… A meteoric work strongly influenced by Rameau, this opera is undoubtedly one of the achievements of French 18th century.

To gain the love of beautiful and chaste Scylla, Glaucus calls the magician Circe to the rescue: but she falls in love with him, dragging the trio into an implacable and dramatic spiral, ending in tragedy for all and Scylla’s metamorphosis into a deathly rock. This beautiful score (with irresistible choruses and dances), where virtuosity serves a gripping plot, in a “historically informed” staging and choreography produced in San Francisco will be conducted by the talented Nicholas McGegan!

Corealisation Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale.
Coproduction Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale.
Scores realised by the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.

Show in French with surtitles in French and English


Jean-Marie Leclair (1697–1764)
Scylla and Glaucus

Tragedy in music with one prologue and five acts on a libretto d'Albaret, created in 1746 in Paris.

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