When they were performed at the Versailles Court, the music was reduced: 4 or 5 singers, an orchestra with around a dozen musicians and a libretto that was reduced to a cantata. With these miniature works the France of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette coveted a return to the splendour of the Sun King. Drawing on the librettos that Quinault wrote for Lully around 1680, the end of the French eighteenth century reminds Europe of its past literary grandeur. In this piece, Niccolò Piccinni, a composer of the Neapolitan school, enhances Italian lyricism: four heroes of the greatest psychological depth embody their humanity with virtuoso arias full of pathos.
Niccolò Piccinni (1728-1800)
"Atys" - Tragédie lyrique (extracts in form of concert)
Performers: Chantal Santon, soprano - Marie Kalinine, mezzo-soprano - Mathias Vidal, tenor - Aimery Lefèvre, bass-baritone - Soloists of Le Cercle de l'Harmonie - Julien Chauvin, conductor and violin
Where: Venice, Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, San Polo, 2454
When: Sunday, 23rd September 2012 - At 5:00 pm
Info: [Palazzetto Bru Zane] [Scuola San Giovanni] [Le Cercle de l'Harmonie]