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Les Boréades (2003)

The mythical tale of a young queen, Alphise, determined to abdicate rather than contemplate an enforced marriage to a descendant of Boréas is nothing less than extremely highly charged.

Director:

Thomas Grimm

Writer:

Louis de Cahusac (libretto)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Bonney Barbara Bonney ... Alphise
Anna Maria Panzarella Anna Maria Panzarella ... Sémire
Jaël Azzaretti Jaël Azzaretti ... Une nymphe
Paul Agnew Paul Agnew ... Abaris
Toby Spence Toby Spence ... Calisis
Laurent Naouri Laurent Naouri ... Borée
Stéphane Degout Stéphane Degout ... Borilée
Nicolas Rivenq Nicolas Rivenq ... Adamas / Apollon
Théo Joulia-Demory Théo Joulia-Demory ... L'Amour
Shadi Torbey Shadi Torbey ... Un ministre
William Christie William Christie ... Himself - Direction musicale
Andrea Boardman Andrea Boardman ... Danseurs (as La La La Human Steps)
Nancy Crowley Nancy Crowley ... Danseurs (as La La La Human Steps)
Peggy Grelat Peggy Grelat ... Danseurs (as La La La Human Steps)
Mistaya Hemingway Mistaya Hemingway ... Danseurs (as La La La Human Steps)
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The mythical tale of a young queen, Alphise, determined to abdicate rather than contemplate an enforced marriage to a descendant of Boréas is nothing less than extremely highly charged.

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Drama | Fantasy | Music

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 October 2003 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Les Boréades, Tradédie lyrique (1764)
Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Libretto attributed to Louis de Cahusac
Performed by Barbara Bonney, Paul Agnew, Toby Spence, Stéphane Degout,
Laurent Naouri, Nicolas Rivenq, Anna Maria Panzarella, Jaël Azzaretti with Les Arts Florissants
Conducted by William Christie
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18th century lift music
19 May 2005 | by GyranSee all my reviews

This film was shown by Artsworld in its Birth of Opera series. It's easy to think of Rameau's operas as early examples of the genre but Les Boréades was written in 1763, more than 100 years after Montiverdi's masterpieces. It comes after all of Handel's operas and only predates Mozart's works by a few years. Perhaps it is better to think of Rameau's operas as belonging to an evolutionary dead-end. They consist of long, flowing vocal lines that are very recitative-like. Instead of arias there are usually dance numbers. It is tempting to think that if they had lifts in the 18th century, Rameau's music would have been played in them. If they had phones in the 18th century, Rameau's music would have been played while you were on hold.

The libretto is about the weather. Alphise is Princess of a warm summery country but tradition demands she marry one of the Boréades, descendants of the north wind. We get lots of contrasts between scantily-clad people frolicking in the sun and people in overcoats holding umbrellas. Barbara Bonney plays Alphise in what is, for her, an unusually mannered performance. The tenor, Paul Agnew plays her lover Abaris and is more successful at turning Rameau's vocal lines into interesting music.

The disaster of this production is the use of the modern dance group La La La Human Steps for most of the dance numbers. Their twitchy choreography was a real turn-off. They looked like demented grasshoppers in Marks and Spencer's underwear.


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