Glyndebourne Festival: Hippolyte et Aricie
Live broadcast of Rameau's first opera.
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When Rameau died in 1764, the Mercure de France concluded its obituary with the words 'Here lies the God of Harmony'. In many ways he defined 18th century French music, publishing his widely influential Treatise on Harmony in 1722. Hippolyte et Aricie was Rameau’s first work for the stage, written when he was nearly 50. It is also Glyndebourne’s first production of an opera by Rameau, and will strike audiences, as it did in Paris in 1733, with its richness of invention.
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