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Opera Profile: Lully's Armide

Lucie Skeaping presents a profile of Lully's 17th-century operatic masterpiece Armide, with French conductor Hugo Reyne highlighting some of its qualities and innovations.

Lucie Skeaping presents a profile of Lully's 17th Century operatic masterpiece "Armide" with French conductor Hugo Reyne highlighting some of its qualities and innovations.

Jean-Baptiste Lully almost single-handedly created French opera, and his Tragedie-Lyrique (tragic opera) "Armide" about a sorceress and her love for the valiant hero Renaud, was the culmination of a long and fruitful collaboration with librettist Philippe Quinault. "Armide" was instantly recognised as a masterpiece, remarkable not only for its attractive music, and affective dramatic architecture, as for its genius in setting the French language to music, and the psychological depths portrayed by its characters.

As part of the BBC year long celebration of opera, and the Early Music Show's monthly profile of important Baroque masterworks, Lucie Skeaping examines "Armide" with contributions from Lully champion and conductor Hugo Reyne. Key moments from the opera are performed from CD by Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale.

1 hour

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  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Armide – Overture (extract)

    Performers: La Chapelle Royale directed by Philippe Herreweghe

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  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Armide – Act V: Passacaille

    Performers: Gilles Ragon (Un Amant Fortune), Collegium Vocale, La Chapelle Royale directed by Philippe Herreweghe

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  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Armide – Act I: Rondeau "Suivons Armide" + Scene 4

    Performers: Veronique Gens (Phenice), Noemi Rime (Sidonie), Luc Coadou (Aronte), Guillemette Laurens (Armide), Bernard Deletre (Hidraot), Collegium Vocale, La Chapelle Royale directed by Philippe Herreweghe

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  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Armide – Act II: Scene 3 "Plus j'observe ces lieux" + Scene 4

    Performers: Howard Crook (Renaud), Noemi Rime (Une Naiade), Collegium Vocale, La Chapelle Royale directed by Philippe Herreweghe

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  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Armide – Act II: Scene 5 "Enfin, il est un ma puissance"

    Performers: Guillemette Laurens (Armide), La Chapelle Royale directed by Philippe Herreweghe

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  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Armide – Act III: Scene 3 "Venez, venez, Haine implacable" + Scene 4 " Je repons a tes voe

    Performers: Guillemette Laurens (Armide), John Hancock (La Haine), Collegium Vocale, La Chapelle Royale directed by Philippe Herreweghe

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    • HMC 901456/57.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Armide – Act III: Scene 4 " Sors, sors du sein d'Armide"

    Performers: Guillemette Laurens (Armide), John Hancock (La Haine), La Chapelle Royale directed by Philippe Herreweghe

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  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Armide – Act V: Scene 5 "Les perfide Renaud me fuit"

    Performers: Guillemette Laurens (Armide), Collegium Vocale, La Chapelle Royale directed by Philippe Herreweghe

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