Bellérophon

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Bellérophon is an opera with music by Jean-Baptiste Lully and a libretto by Thomas Corneille and Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle first performed by the Opéra at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris on 31 January 1679.

The opera played for 9 months and was one of Lully's greatest successes.

Roles[edit]

Cast Voice type Premiere, 31 January 1679
(Conductor: - )
Apollon (prologue) bass François Beaumavielle
Pan (prologue) baritone Arnoul
Bacchus (prologue) tenor Roy
Bellérophon haute-contre Bernard Clédière
Sténobée soprano de Saint-Christophe
Philonoé soprano Marie Aubry
Argie mezzo-soprano Bony
Pallas mezzo-soprano de La Prée
Jobate baritone Jean Gaye
Amisodar bass Nouveau
Pythie tenor Roy
Sacrificial priest bass Pulvigny

Synopsis[edit]

The queen Sténobée (soprano), spurned by Bellérophon (tenor) who loves the princess Philonoé (soprano), has the magician Amisodar (bass) turn the garden into a barren desert and summon a chimera which terrorizes the country of Lycia. Apollo (tenor) appears and all is solved.

Modern performances[edit]

The first performance in modern times was by Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset at the Festival of Beaune, 24 July 2010. It was followed by a two performances in Paris, the first of which was recorded and released in 2011 by the record label Aparté.[1]

Recording[edit]

  • Bellérophon Cyril Auvity, Ingrid Perruche, Céline Scheen, Les Talens Lyriques, conducted by Christophe Rousset (Aparté, 2 CDs, 2011)

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