Saturday 1st July - 4pm and Sunday 2nd July - 4pm
Hippolyte et Aricie was the first opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau. It was premiered to great controversy by the Académie Royale de Musique at its theatre in the Palais-Royal in Paris on October 1, 1733. The French libretto, by Abbé Simon-Joseph Pellegrin, is based on Racine's tragedy Phèdre. The opera takes the traditional form of a tragédie en musique. Early audiences found little else conventional about the work.
This production will be the culmination of this year's Ensemble OrQuesta's third opera academy succeeding the very successful productions or La Calisto by F.Cavalli in London and Don Giovanni by W.A.Mozart in Hastings.