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On this week's Opera House we celebrate the French Baroque with a performance of Jean-Philippe Rameau's Castor et Pollux, a tragédie en musique first performed on October 24, 1737 at the Royal Palace in Paris by the Royal Academy of Music. Set to a libretto by Pierre-Joseph-Justin Bernard, Castor et Pollux was only the third opera by the 54-year-old Rameau.
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Pollux (baritone Philippe Huttenlocher) is the son of Jupiter (bass Lawrence Wallington) and is immortal, Castor (tenor Peter Jeffes) the son of Tyndareus and mortal. Castor has been killed, but when Pollux offers himself in Castor's place to Télaïre (soprano Jennifer Smith), she is confused and insists instead that Jupiter must be persuaded to restore Castor to life. Jupiter agrees on condition that Pollux take his place in Hades, while also revealing to him the delights of the Heavenly Pleasures on Olympus. Pollux remains firm, but at the gates of Hades he is met by Phébé (mezzo-soprano Cynthia Buchan), who loves him and tries to turn him back, while Télaïre spurs him on. With Mercury's (tenor Brian Parsons) help, he enters Hades; Castor agrees to return to earth and to tell Télaïre he cannot accept Pollux's sacrifice. But Jupiter intervenes to declare that both Castor and Pollux shall be taken up to Olympus; Télaïre will follow; Phébé is left, and kills herself.
Charles Farncombe conducts the English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra and Festival Singers in this 1983 Erato recording, CD number 95311.
Agnès Mellon sing Télaïre's great Act I aria Tristes apprêts, pâles flambeaux , in which she expresses her grief to her friend Phébé:
As a bonus I'd like you to hear Scene 5 from the 1757 revival of Rameau's Anacréon. Baritone René Schirrer sings the title role, soprano Jill Feldman is L'Amour, and soprano Agnès Mellon is the Priestess. William Christie conducts Les Arts Florissants.
Please join me next Thursday, October 9th, for Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. The story concerns the decline and fall of one Tom Rakewell (tenor Jerry Hadley), who deserts Anne Trulove (soprano Dawn Upshaw) for the delights of London in the company of Nick Shadow (bass Samuel Ramey), who turns out to be the Devil. After several misadventures, all initiated by the devious Shadow, Tom ends up in Bedlam, a psychiatric hospital south of London. The moral of the tale is: "For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds a work to do."
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