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Locke: Psyché

Sunday January 26th 2020
3 pm | 2h20 with intermission

Cast

Marie Perbost Soprano
Elodie Fonnard Soprano
Cécile Achille Soprano
Lieselot de Wilde Soprano
Lucile Richardot Mezzo-soprano
David Tricou Tenor
William Shelton Countertenor
Marc Mauillon Tenor
Davy Cornillot Tenor
Antonin Rondepierre Tenor
Etienne Bazola Ground bass
Yannis François Bass
Renaud Bres Bass

Ensemble Correspondances
Sébastien Daucé Musical Conductor

Presentation

"Psyche (1675) is claimed to be the future model of the opera genre, a new attempt to unite theatre and music. King Charles II, wishing to place himself on par with Louis XIV’s artistic splendor, asked Matthew Locke to create the first English opera.

Composed on a translation of Molière, Corneille and Quinault’s libretto, which had been used for Lully’s Psyche, the English Psyche does not adhere to the Italian model nor to new French tragedy in music inaugurated the previous year (Cadmus and Hermione by Lully): it is in reality the very first semi-opera, where lyrical art – with the first English recitative – cohabits in harmony with theatre.

The magnificence of the cast (probably more than a hundred artists for the creation), the beauty of the music, the creativity involved make Psyche an unknown monument in the history of English music and a source from which Blow and Purcell would draw directly. “ Since 2016, the Ensemble Correspondances has chosen to approach the opera through its less well-known repertory, first Charpentier’s sacred stories on stage, then a court ballet – the genre preceding opera in France – combining music, circus, poetry, machines, decors, costumes, ballet…

In 2019, we selected this English Psyche, with many similarities with the Royal Ballet of Night. Presented as a model of the genre, this work comes at a junction in the history of English music: between court masquerade and Italianate opera of the 18th century, the semi-opera opened the way to the leading composers of the Restoration (Blow and Purcell first and foremost). As for the Royal Ballet of Night, but for other reasons, only Locke’s partition has survived (Draghi’s, which had many dances, was lost). We had to draw from 17th century English theatre musical repertory to recompose entirely this Psyche, which now owes certainly more to Matthew Locke than the original!"

- Sébastien Daucé -


Production Ensemble Correspondances

Show in English with surtitles in French and English

PROGRAMME

Matthew Locke (1621–1677)
Psyché

Opera with five acts on a libretto by Thomas Shadwell, created in 1675 in London.

Royal Opera

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Prices

Catégorie 3

17€ to 20€
CMBV-Cercle Rameau
17€
Web Carte CVS
17€
Web CMBV Cercle Rameau
17€
Web Tarif -26 ans
17€
Web Tarif Plein
20€

Catégorie 2

30€ to 35€
CMBV-Cercle Rameau
30€
Web Carte CVS
30€
Web CMBV Cercle Rameau
30€
Web Tarif -26 ans
30€
Web Tarif Plein
35€

Catégorie 1

42€ to 50€
CMBV-Cercle Rameau
42€
Web Carte CVS
42€
Web CMBV Cercle Rameau
42€
Web Tarif -26 ans
42€
Web Tarif Plein
50€

Prestige

63€ to 75€
CMBV-Cercle Rameau
63€
Web Carte CVS
63€
Web CMBV Cercle Rameau
63€
Web Tarif -26 ans
63€
Web Tarif Plein
75€

Prestige VIP

90€
Web Tarif Plein
90€

PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY: Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).

Holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport: reduced rate applicable to reservation by telephone only at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability). 
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