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.

Maarten Warmerdam made the light design for this production. Read more on the website of opera de Lille and Toneelhuis.

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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

Cast
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)

Production
New production by Opéra de Lille
Coproduction Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Théâtre de Caen.
In collaboration with Toneelhuis, Antwerp.

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