Opéra de Paris

Les Indes Galantes

In Cinemas 13, 14, 15 & 18 Dec 2019
Leonardo García Alarcón
Orchestre Cappella Mediterranea
Sabine Devieilhe (Hébé/Phani/Zima), Florian Sempey (Bellone/Adario), Julie Fuchs (Émilie/Fatime), Mathias Vidal (Valère/ Tacmas), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Osman/Ali), Jodie Devos (L’Amour/ Zaïre), Alexandre Duhamel (Huascar/ Don Alvar), Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Don Carlos/Damon)
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Clément Cogitore
Set Design
Alban Ho Van
Approx.3h45 including interval
Sung in French, with English subtitles
Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris 10 Oct 2019
Official Event Listing

Opera-Ballet in four acts & a prologue (1735)

New Production! A masterpiece of the Enlightenment, Les Indes galantes ('The Amorous Indies') is a sparkling entertainment about love and fidelity in exotic places. However, Rameau’s opera-ballet also manifests an ambiguous humanism: the European view of Otherness – Turks, Incas, Persians, “Savages”.

In 2017, award-winning artist & director Clément Cogitore made an explosive and critically acclaimed short film adapting an extract from the work in collaboration with exponents of Krump dance. This time, with choreographer Bintou Dembélé he takes up Rameau’s box of delights in its entirety, again transposing it to an urban and political space, and brings a top flight cast including outstanding soprano Sabine Devieilhe, Edwin Crossley-Mercer and Julie Fuchs, along with Florian Sempey and Stanislas de Barbeyrac, to share the spectacle.

[Read] "Can “Les Indes Galantes” subvert the ideology it was written to uphold? Ms. Dembélé and Clément Cogitore, the artist and filmmaker making his stage debut as the production’s director, are betting that it can." - The New York Times (25/09/19)

Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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