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Lully: Isis

Tuesday December 10th 2019
8 pm | 3h15 with intermission


Performances at the Royal Opera and the Royal Chapel will not be canceled during the national strike.

Eve-Maud Hubeaux Isis, Io, Thalie
Bénédicte Tauran Fame, Melpomène, Mycène, Junon
Ambroisine Bré Calliope, Iris, Syrinx, Hébé
Robert Getchell Apollo, Pirante, la Furie
Fabien Hyon Mercure
Edwin Crossley-Mercer Jupiter, Pan
Philippe Estèphe Argus, Neptune
Aimery Lefèvre Hierax
Julie Calbete Nymph
Barbara Menier Nymph

Chœur de chambre de Namur
Leonardo García Alarcón, Thilbaut Lenaerts Choirmasters 
Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset Musical conductor


"The creation of Isis in 1677 before the court triggered strong reactions. The plot features again unfaithful Jupiter, courting the nymph Io and berated by his spouse Juno. The libretto takes the characters into a series of quirky and fantastic adventures, where the god Pan creates his famous flute, Mercury turns Hierax, Io’s fiancé, into a bird and Io descends into Inferno.

The public immediately read it as a caricature of Madame de Montespan’s jealous attitude to Madame de Ludres, the King’s latest favourite. The performances were interrupted and Quinault was exiled for two years.

History remembered the anecdote, depriving the work of the success it deserved. Lully deployed unprecedented refinement, chiseling the musical structures of pieces, using well-known motifs, inventing descriptive techniques – such as “tremblers” to express cold, used later by Purcell, Vivaldi and Salieri – showing a remarkably original verve in the suggestion of emotions and characters."

- Bénédicte Hertz -

With the support of Mrs. Aline-Foriel Destezet.

Les Talens Lyriques are supported by the Ministry of culture, the city of Paris and the Cercle des Mécènes.
The Ensemble thanks its Principal Patrons: the Annenberg / GRoW Foundation – Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten, Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet, and Mécénat Musical Société Générale.
Since 2011 Les Talens Lyriques have been associate artists in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac.
Les Talens Lyriques are founding members of FEVIS (Federation of specialised vocal and instrumental ensembles) and of PROFEDIM (Professional syndicate of music producers, festivals, ensembles and independent broadcasters).

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Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–1687)

Tragedy in music with a prologue and five acts on a libretto by Philippe Quinault, created in 1677 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

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