Back to Lully
Véronique Gens, soprano
Ensemble Les Surprises Choir and Orchestra
Conceived in the style of an imaginary opera for a soloist, an orchestra and a choir, this concert celebrates the French music of Lully, his successors and rivals, through known and unpublished pages. Véronique Gens, an internationally recognized soloist, wished to sign a return to the French baroque repertoire, which is dear to her and in which she made her debut. This creation will give rise to a concert tour and a recording to be released on the Alpha label.
Véronique Gens, a great internationally recognized soloist, wished to sign a return to the French baroque repertoire, a repertoire that is dear to her and in which she made her debut. A first concert at the Ambronay festival in 2018 allowed Véronique Gens and the ensemble Les Surprises to meet. It then seemed obvious to continue this
collaboration with a new program, through pages sometimes known but often unpublished.
We have chosen to place this opera from the point of view of a famous singer : Marie Le Rochois. Great star of the time discovered by Lully, she created all the great roles of this one (Armide, Galatée…) as well as the roles of her successors : Médée de Charpentier, Juno in Achille and Polixène de Collasse… In addition to having been the great soloist of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, she then founded a singing school in which she trained the soloists who created the roles of Campra, Rameau …
It also seemed very interesting to us to probe this particular period of Lully’s death, which then left the possibility for many composers to express themselves in opera and to prove their worth, since previously the great Superintendent had a privilege to the performance of dramatic works in Paris. This is how Charpentier had to wait until the end of his life to create and have his masterpiece Medea performed, but also Collasse (pupil of Lully) was able to emerge from
This creation resulted in a recording in November 2020 at the Arsenal in Metz for a release on the Alpha Classics
Coproduction Centre de musique baroque de Versailles – Festival Sinfonia en Périgord – Ensemble Les Surprises as part of the cross residencies set up by the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.
Scores produced by the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
Mécénat Musical Société Générale is the main sponsor of the Back to Lully program