|Operas by André Campra|
The opera is regarded as the first opéra-ballet, with the entrées sharing a common theme - in this case 'love' in four countries, France (entrée 1), Spain (entrée 2), Italy (entrée 3) and Turkey (entrée 4) - rather than a common narrative.
L'Europe Galante was first performed on 24 October 1697 by the Paris Opéra under Marin Marais in the Salle du Palais-Royal in Paris. It was successful and was revived periodically until 1775. In 1997 - on the 300th anniversary of its creation - Istanbul Baroque led by Leyla Pınar staged L'Europe Galante thoroughly in Istanbul Dolmabahçe Palace. Then made a tour to Brussels Printemps Baroque du Sablon Festival the same year.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 24 October 1697
(Conductor: Marin Marais )
|La Discorde (prologue)||taille (baritenor)||Claude Desvoyes|
|Philène (1)||haute-contre (high tenor)||Antoine Boutelou|
|Silvandre (1)||bass||Gabriel-Vincent Thévenard|
|Céphise (1)||soprano||Marie-Louise Desmatins|
|Dom Carlos (2)||bass||Charles Hardouin|
|Dom Pédro (2)||haute-contre (high tenor)||Pierre Chopelet|
|Octavio (3)||haute-contre (high tenor)||Louis Gaulard Dumesny|
|Olympia (3)||soprano||Fanchon Moreau|
|Zuliman (4)||bass||Gabriel-Vincent Thévenard|
|Roxane (4)||soprano||Marie Le Rochois|
|Zäide (4)||soprano||Marie-Louise Desmatins|