Lully Atys Dvd
Lully Atys Dvd
Catalogue # FRA006
Carlo Tommasi (designer)
Patrice Cauchetier (costumes)
Francine Lancelot, Béatrice Massin (choreography)
William Christie: “There were a number of important moments in the history of the Arts Florissants, but there’s one moment that obviously stands out - and that’s the moment when we produced Atys.” Christie had been approached by the director of the Paris Opera, Massimo Bogianckino, to think about putting on a Lully opera. Christie was advised by the Opéra-Comique’s Thierry Fouquet that Quinault’s libretto for ‘Atys’ would demand an extraordinary stage director - Jean-Marie Villégier took this role and he, together with Christie, created ‘Atys’. The production marked the renaissance of Baroque Opera in France.
The American philanthropist Ronald P. Stanton has funded this 2011, Opera Comique production that has been described as ‘one to see before you die’, and it is clear that the magic of this show is still intact. Villégier has concentrated the tragedy in a unique backdrop of black marble, marked by furniture from the State Apartments of Versailles, and sumptuous costumes designed by Patrice Cauchetier with graceful choreography by the late Francine Lancelot revived by Béatrice Massin. The fabulous musicians and choir of Les Arts Florissants and the Jardin des Voix need no introduction here.
Last, but not least, we have the powerfully-projected Atys of Bernard Richter, admired mezzo, Stephanie d'Oustrac as Cybele, rival to the vibrant Sangaride, sung by soprano Emmanuelle de Negri. Discover this masterpiece of Lully magnified by the combined talents of William Christie and Jean Marie Villégier.
Bernard Richter (Atys), Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Cybèle), Emmanuelle de Negri (Sangaride), Nicolas Rivenq (Célénus), Marc Mauillon (Idas), Sophie Daneman (Doris), Jaël Azzaretti (Mélisse), Paul Agnew (Le Sommeil) & Cyril Auvity (Morphée)
Danseurs Compagnie Fêtes galantes & Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor) & Jean-Marie Villégier (director)
DVD - 2 discs
My first thought when looking at this production of Lully’s Atys, was, ‘Ooo! Pretty!’ I know it is terrible to base things on face value, but this first impression was not wrong! There is a heartfelt love in this production that was specifically staged by one Roland P. Stanton of New York. At a dinner party one night he mused that his favourite opera, Atys was rarely stage and as he was getting on in years, would probably never see it again before he died. This 2011 production comes from his co-diners belief that they could present it once again! Opera mixed with dance in true Lully style, this is a sumptuous production to be enjoyed with a good glass of wine in your best regalia.
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