The Birth of the Sun King

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June 2022

Program and cast

Semi-opera in four scenes and final dance

Music by Jean de Cambefort (1605-1661), Antoine Boësset (1587-1643), Louis Constantin (1697-1779), Michel Lambert (1610-1696), with excerpts from Ercole amante (1662) by Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) and Orfeo (1647) by Luigi Rossi (1597-1653)

Libretto by Isaac de Benserade

Premiered at the Palais Petit-Bourbon of Paris on the 23rd of February, 1653

Premiere at the Teatro Real

Opera in concert version

Ensemble Correspondances


Conductor and musical reconstitution | Sébastien Daucé


The night / Italian Venus | Lucile Richardot

Eurydice / Cynthia / A French grace | Caroline Weynants

Venus / The silence | Caroline Dangin-Bardot

Pasithea / Mnemosyne / The dawn / A French grace | Perrine Devillers

An hour / Ianeira's moon / A French grace | Deborah Cachet

Juno | Ilektra Platiopoulou

Apollon | David Tricou

The dream | Étienne Bazola

Hercules | Maxime Saïu

The high priest | Nicolas Brooymans

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