©Patrick Tourneboeuf/OnP
2014-2015 SEASON


Rameau et la scène

From DECEMBER 16th to MARCH 22th 2015

Louis-René Boquet, Dardanus, tragédie lyrique
Pierre de Jélyotte dans le rôle-titre 
Encre et aquarelle : maquette de costume pour la reprise à l’Opéra, 1768 
BnF, Bibliothèque-Musée de l’Opéra



November 2014 - February 2015

In 2014, the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France) and the Paris Opera celebrate the 250th anniversary of the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). Composer and harmony theorist, Rameau was one of the most celebrated and yet denigrated musical and intellectual figures in France during the last two-thirds of the eighteenth century. Master organist in the provinces for forty years, he subsequently dominated the operatic stage, notably at the Royal Academy of Music where he was the leading composer from 1733 up to the Revolution. During the following century, stagings of his works fell by the wayside, just like the genres of lyric tragedy and opera-ballet that they illustrated. Rameau’s return to favour, tinged with nationalism, took place at the end of the nineteenth century, thanks to composers such as Saint-Saëns and Vincent d'Indy who wanted to restore the veracity of his art, or Claude Debussy who composed a keyboard Hommage to him. Since the rediscovery of the Baroque repertoire, in the 1970s, performers and musicologists have analyzed treatises on interpretation and revisited his works. In turn, artists, musicians and stage designers have imbued Rameau’s operas with society’s conventions, expressing aesthetic choices as well as varied and occasionally contradictory beliefs. The theme of the exhibition is the production of Rameau's operas on the Parisian operatic stage, from their origins to the present day. It will also evoke a number of important premieres at the court and several significant revivals at the Opéra Comique.

Eliszbeth Giuliani
Mathias Auclair, conservateur en chef à la Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra, BnF
Christophe Ghristi, directeur de la dramaturgie de l'Opéra national de Paris