21st April

Concert will begin at 18:00 hours GMT

Lully's 'Armide' with Gens, Van Mechelen, Christoyannis and Santon-Jeffery from Paris

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Lully's 'Armide' is an opera to a libretto by Philippe Quinault, based on Torquato Tasso's poem La Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered). During the First Crusade, Armide ensnares her enemy the Christian knight Renaud with her magic spells. At the moment she raises her dagger to kill him, she finds herself falling in love with him. She casts a spell to make him love her in return. Upon returning to her castle, she cannot bear that Renaud's love is only the work of enchantment. Performers:

Armide: Véronique Gens.
Renaud: Reinoud Van Mechelen.
Hidraot/ la Haine: Tassis Christoyannis.
Phénice/ Lucinde: Chantal Santon-Jeffery.
Sidonie/ une Naïade/ un Plaisir: Katherine Watson.
Aronte/ Artémidore / Ubalde: Philippe-Nicolas Martin.
Le Chevalier danois: Zachary Wilder.

Le Concert Spirituel Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Hervé Niquet.

Recorded 1 April.


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