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Patricia Petibon: Flames of magicians

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  3. Patricia Petibon: Flames of magicians
Thursday July 2nd 2020
8 pm | 1h50 with intermission


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

Patricia Petibon Soprano

Ensemble Amarillis
Héloïse Gaillard Flutes, baroque oboe and musical conductor
Violaine Cochard Harpsichord and choirmaster


During one concert, Patricia Petibon brings life to the powerful heroines of French baroque opera, guilty of abominable crimes and evil spells.

Medea, passionately in love, unleashes her cruelty and vengeance when her lover Jason betrays her. She often appears in the history of opera, but it is certainly Charpentier who drew her most vibrant portrait in his 1693 opera. Circe’s fury culminates in the Magician’s invocation and given powerful and dramatic music by Leclair. Finally, Jean-Michel Rameau constantly put to music characters in love, torn by passion, tormented by the emotions of their heart. His heroes experience sacrifice, revealing their suffering and despair with touching intensity.

Patricia Petibon will deploy her talent and remarkable expressivity in the interpretation of these tender and passionate magicians, with Circe’s fury responding to Medea’s passionate pleas.


Arias and symphonies by Rebel, Charpentier, Marais, Leclair, Rameau

Cruel and vengeful Medea

Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747)
Le Chaos (extract from his symphony Les Éléments)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)
Prelude and instrumental aria« C'en est fait on m'y force » (Médée, act III, scene 4)

Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Tempête (extract fromAlcyone, 1706, act IV, scene 4)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)
Aria « Noires filles du Styx » (Médée, III, scene 5)
Les combattants (IV, scene 6)
Aria « Dieux du Cocyte et des royaumes sombres » (III, scene 7)
Second entry of the demons
Aria « Ne les épargnons pas. Ah ! Trop barbare mère » (V, scene 1)

Medea in love and human

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)
Ritournelle pour les flûtes (Médée, act III, scene 2)
Aria « Quel prix de mon amour » (Médée, III, scene 3)

Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Chaconne (extract fromSémélé, act II)

Circe’s love torments

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Aria « Serments trompeurs » (Scylla et Glaucus, act III, scene 1)
First rondeau aria (act III, scene 3)
Loure (act III, scene 3)

Circe’s invocation

Invocation Noires divinités (act IV, scene 4)
Second aria of the demons (act IV, scene 5)
From desperation to madness

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Aria of Phèdre « Cruelle mère des Amours » (Hippolyte et Aricie, act III, scene 1)
Air for Loves Prelude (Castor et Pollux, act I, scene 1)
Aria of Télaïre « Tristes Apprêts » (Castor et Pollux, act I, scne 3)
Soft aria« Calme des Sens » and Gavotte (Dardanus, 1739, act IV, scene 2)
Rigaudons 1 and 2 (Zais et Zélidie, act IV, scene 5)
Entrée des égyptiens et des égyptiennes (Les Fêtes de l'hymnen, act III, scene 3)
Air de la Folie « Formons les plus brillants concerts » (Platée, 1749)

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