Lieselot De Wilde
Fiamma Bennett and Soufiane Guerraoui Actors
Josèphe Cottet Violin
Béatrice Linon Violin
Mathilde Vialle Bass viol
Etienne Floutier Violone en G
Lucile Perret Flute
Thibaut Roussel Theorbo
Angélique Mauillon Harp
Arnaud De Pasquale Harpsichord
Sébastien Daucé Orgue, harpsichord
Sébastien Daucé Conductor
Jos Houben and Emily Wilson Direction
Oria Puppo Set design and costumes
Katherina Lindekens Dramaturgy
Christophe Schaeffer Lighting
Performance in English with French
English opera had its beginnings with the masque Cupid and Death, premiered in 1653 by Matthew Locke (1621-1677) before the Portuguese ambassador in London, and the only surviving masque musical score. The subject is taken from Aesop: Death and Cupid, staying at the same inn, fall victim to the Chamberlain who during the night exchanges bows, and thus roles, with Cupid killing the young lovers with his arrows, and Death bringing the dying old men back to life - who fall in love! - which causes absolute chaos, and hence a comic imbroglio. Dance, music and theatre were called upon to serve this project for which James Shirley (1596-1666) wrote the text, and Christopher Gibbons (1615-1676) the instrumental interludes.
English masques, ultimately quite like the early French court ballets, include a strong supernatural dimension. The lyrical quality introduced by Locke makes Cupid and Death the precursor of the semi-opera, which developed from 1670 onwards, and of which Purcell (a pupil of Locke's) was the most brilliant composer. Matthew Locke was one of the leading English musicians of the mid-seventeenth century, Composer Ordinary to His Majesty and Organist of the Chapel Royal, writing in 1660 for the coronation of King Charles II.
A connoisseur of this pivotal period of early Baroque, Sébastien Daucé brings together his team of magnificent singers and musicians, and lets Jos Houben and Emily Wilson build a theatre of origins, a veritable mechanism of surprises that serves the droll mystery of this curious joust between Death and Love.
Saturday March 26th share "15 minutes with" at 18h30. Upon presentation of your ticket for that evening and within the limits of available seats.
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