October 2nd 2015 saw the première of Xerse, the opera performed at the wedding of King Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Austria in the Salle d’Apollon at the Louvre in 1660. Given Louis’s great fondness for ballet, for this performance the composer and king’s bosom friend Jean Baptiste Lully wrote the so-called entrées, ballet music which in effect interrupted the music drama and thus developed a new genre of French opera.
Musical director Emmanuelle Haïm
Director Guy Cassiers
Rehearsal coach, assistant musical director Benoît Hartoin
Dramaturge Willem Bruls
Set and costume designer Tim Van Steenbergen
Choreographer Maud Le Pladec
Videographer Frederik Jassogne
Light design: Maarten Warmerdam
Xerse Ugo Guagliardo
Arsamene Tim Mead
Ariodate Carlo Allemano
Romilda Emöke Barath
Adelanta Camille Poul
Eumene Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
Elviro Pascal Bertin
Amastre Emmanuelle de Negri
Aristone Frédéric Caton
Le Concert d’Astrée
Compagnie Leda (6 dancers)
New production by Opéra de Lille
Coproduction Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Théâtre de Caen.
In collaboration with Toneelhuis, Antwerp.