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Les Fêtes d'Hébé

Amphithéâtre Bastille - from 22 to 27 March 2017

Les Fêtes d'Hébé

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Opera Jean-Philippe Rameau

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Amphithéâtre Bastille - from 22 to 27 March 2017

2h20 with 1 interval


In few words:

"Let us dance and sing one and all, let us enjoy tender moments, and charming hours for happy lovers!"


Chœur des mariniers, Première entrée, scène V

After the scandal surrounding the first performance of Hippolyte et Aricie and the stormy reception of Les Indes galantes, Jean-Philippe Rameau finally gained incontestable fame with the opera‑ballet Les Fêtes d’Hébé ou Les Talens liriques. First performed at the Paris Royal Academy of music on 21st May 1739, the work was to be performed many times to constant acclaim up until 1770. The Prologue portrays Hébé, the goddess of youth, harassed by the Pleasures and obliged to flee Olympus and find solace in the arms of Love. The work recounts the victories of the God of Love in three acts or “Entrées” entitled “La Poésie”, “La Musique” and “La Danse”. With a libretto designed above all to show the arts of dancing and singing to full advantage, first in epic, then lyric and finally pastoral style, Rameau is able to give unfettered rein to his genius. The choreographer Thomas Lebrun proposes a resolutely contemporary interpretation of Rameau’s “opéra-ballet” with the artists of the Paris Opera Academy, choristers from the Centre de Musique Baroque in Versailles and the musicians of London’s Royal College of Music.

Représentations tout public - Voir les séances
22 mars 2017 à 20h
23 mars 2017 à 20h
25 mars 2017 à 20h

Représentations scolaires - Comment réserver ?
27 mars 2017 à 14h

Rencontre autour du spectacle
14 mars 2017 à 18h - Read more

  • Les Fêtes d'Hébé

    Opera in a prologue and three acts (1739)

    In French

    • Music :

      Jean-Philippe Rameau

    • Libretto :

      Antoine Gautier de Montdorge

    • Conductor :

      Jonathan Williams

    • Director :

      Thomas Lebrun

    • Choreography :

      Thomas Lebrun

    • Directoc collaboration :

      Raphaël Cottin

    • Assistant stage director :

      Maëlle Dequiedt

    • Set design :

      Thomas Lebrun

    • Costume design :

      Laurianne Scimemi Del Francia

    • Lighting design :

      Françoise Michel

    • Video :

      Charlotte Rousseau

    • Chorus master :

      Olivier Schneebeli


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About the work

  • An Hour in the Company of Thomas Lebrun

    An Hour in the Company of Thomas Lebrun

    By Simon Hatab