Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
© Karl Forster
For the first time, the Berlin State Opera has tackled one of the French baroque tragédies lyriques by Jean-Philippe Rameau, with Sir Simon Rattle making his debut at the helm of the Freiburger Barockorchester, with Anna Prohaska on top of a fantastic cast and an entire cosmos of nature-turned-art by Ólafur Elíasson, who translated the score's infinite variety of musical forms and expressive inventions into light, sets and costume design. "Hippolyte et Aricie" transports its audience to a magical realm where two couples experience the intervention of the gods, deep earnestness is paired with fleet-footed entertainment – and love seeks its way according to its own laws.
Soloists: Anna Prohaska, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Magdalena Kožená, Roman Trekel, Elsa Dreisig, Gyula Orendt, Peter Rose
Regie: Aletta Collins
Orchestra: Freiburger Barockorchester
Venue: Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin
Audio pre-program CAVALLI/HÄNDEL/PURCELL/HASSE//IL GIARDINO ARMONICO/ANTONINI/PROHASKA: SERPENT & FIRE (ALPHA 250CD)