Zaïde, reine de Grenade
Royer’s "sparse but sensuous orchestral textures with flutes and oboes very prominent" have been praised in Zaïde together with "his exuberant choral writing and his fluid treatment of recitative and aria" (Morrison, 2005).
Zaïde was first performed, under the direction of the composer, on 3 September 1739 for the wedding of King Louis XV's daughter, when it ran for 44 performances, and was revived for the wedding of the dauphin in 1745, and again for the wedding of Marie Antoinette in 1770. It has been performed in recent years, thanks to a new edition by Lionel Sawkins.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, 3 September 1739|
|Octave||tenor (haute-contre)||Pierre Jélyotte|
|Almanzor||tenor (haute-contre)||Denis-François Tribou|
|Zuléma||baritone||François Le Page|