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Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie



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13th Oct 2014




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Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie

Topi Lehtipuu (Hippolyte), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Aricie), Stéphane Degout (Thésée), Sarah Connolly (Phèdre), Jaël Azzaretti (L'Amour ), Salomé Haller (Oenone), Marc Mauillon (Tisiphone / La Grande Prêtresse de Diane), Aurélia Legay (La Grande Prêtresse de Diane / Une Chasseresse / Une Prêtresse), François Lis (Pluton / Jupiter), Andrea Hill (Diane), Nicholas Mulroy (Première Parque), Manuel Nuñez Camelino (Un suivant de l’Amour / Mercure), Jérôme Varnier (Neptune / Troisième Parque), Sydney Fierro (Un chasseur)

Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor) & Ivan Alexandre (stage director)

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Xavier Ribes – chorus master

Antoine Fontaine – sets

Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz – costume

Hervé Gary – lighting

Natalie Van Parys – choreography

Olivier Simonnet – filming director

Emmanuelle Haïm has established herself as one of the world’s leading performers, conductors and interpreters of Baroque repertoire, not only with Le Concert d’Astrée, the ensemble she founded in 2000, but with several of the world’s greatest orchestras. Known for her fresh and expressive approach to Baroque music, she has garnered critical acclaim and several international awards with her own ensemble, including Victoires de la Musique Classique, ECHOs, Gramophone Awards, and Grammy nominations.

In this DVD recorded live at the Paris Opera Palais Garnier, Haïm is joined by the orchestra of Le Concert d’Astrée, as well stellar cast including Sarah Connolly as Phèdre, Stéphane Degout as Thésée, Anne-Catherine Gillet as Aricie and Topi Lehtipuu as Hippolyte in the acclaimed production from Ivan Alexandre.

Total running time: 180 minutes

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

September 2014

“elegant Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu heads up a predominantly Francophone cast under the sparky direction of Emmanuelle Haïm...Ivan Alexandre's lavish production is emphatically eighteenth-century, and looks gorgeous.”

The Telegraph

1st December 2014


“it aims to recreate the sort of sumptuously costumed and ritualised spectacle Louis XV might have enjoyed when the piece was first performed in 1733. What elevates it from being exotic high camp is the superb musical performance, conducted by the indefatigable Emmanuelle Haïm and sung by an unbeatable cast led by an imperious Sarah Connolly. ”

Gramophone Magazine

January 2015

“Alexandre's rigorously historical production...requires that singers almost always face the front and sing downstage, even when addressing lines to each other...The controlled delivery of the drama is consequently unhurried and there are subtle ideas that might not be obvious at first viewing...Stéphane Degout's dignified Theseus and Sarah Connolly's anguished Phaedra both sing magnificently.”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2015


“As a whole, Ivan Alexandre's production is appropriately stately and Antoine Fontaine's set seems superbly authentic...The drama in the first act coalesces around Sarah Connolly's powerful Phèdre, and Stéphane Degout's resonant Thesee dominates much of the remaining acts. Emmanuelle Haïm's musical direction is taut, insightful and expressive, and Le Concert d’Astrée play like a dream.”

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