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LULLY Acis et Galatée - Trailer [2022 Maggio Musicale Fiorentino]

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Having been granted unprecedented authority by Louis XIV, the Sun King, no one could stage operas in France without Jean-Baptiste Lully’s permission. By 1686, however, Lully’s authority was waning and his long-standing librettist deserted him to write sacred works. Despite these setbacks, Lully wrote Acis et Galatée, a pastorale héroïque, and one of his final masterpieces. Its plot – the cyclops Poliphème’s love for the nymph Galatée – drew from Lully an astonishing alternation of effects, a profound monologue for the nymph in Act III and a magnificent concluding Passacaille, all framed by a succession of dances and vividly conceived choruses.

Available in DVD (37971)/ Blu-ray (57971)

Recording place: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – Sala Zubin Mehta, Florence, Italy
Recording date: 9th July 2022

Conductor: Federico Maria Sardelli
Director: Benjamin Lazar
Co-director: Elizabeth Calleo
Set designer: Adelin Caron
Costumes designer: Alain Blanchot
Assistant costumes: Mathilda Benmoussa
Lights designer: Christophe Naillet
Choreographer (and dancer) Gudrun Skamletz

Acis, Jean-François Lombard, tenor
Galatée, Elena Harsányi, soprano
Diane / Deuxième Naïade / Scylla, Valeria La Grotta, soprano
L’Abondance / Aminte / Première Naïade, Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, soprano
Comus / Tircis, Markus Van Arsdale, tenor
Apollon / Le Prêtre de Junon / Télème, Sebastian Monti, tenor
Poliphème, Luigi De Donato, bass
Neptune, Guido Loconsolo, baritone
Une Dryade, Silvia Spessot, soprano
Un Sylvain, Davide Piva, bass
Dancers: Caroline Ducrest, Robert Le Nuz, Alberto Arcos,
Gudrun Skamletz

Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Chorus Master: Lorenzo Fratini

RELEASE DATE: 19th May 2023

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