Atys is a 'tragédie en musique' in a prelude and five acts. It was premiered at the royal court in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, January 10, 1676. Although this opera was met with indifference by ... See full summary »

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Atys is a 'tragédie en musique' in a prelude and five acts. It was premiered at the royal court in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, January 10, 1676. Although this opera was met with indifference by the Parisian audience, it became known as "the king's opera" because of King Louis XIV's love for it. Written by Anonymous

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Remake of Atys (1987) See more »

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A magnificent production of one of Lully's best(for me) works
19 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Lully revolutionised French opera, and Atys with its lengthy but movingly compelling story and beautifully imaginative music is one of his best. And this magnificent production does nothing to change my mind. The costumes and sets are really gorgeous to watch, the sets are like being inside a palace and the costumes are sumptuously ornate. The video directing is unobtrusive and the picture quality crisp and clean. The staging respects the story and the opera's style while not dulling them, and the ballet choreography is impeccably danced and never jarring or gimmicky. The orchestra is more expanded than the usual baroque/early music orchestra, but its playing is authentic and stylish with a ravishing sound. William Christie is one of the best early music conductors, and his superb musicianship, stylistic elegance and brisk tempos are all here with no faults. There is nothing to complain about the performances either, the dominating role is Cybele and performed with passion, humanity and beautiful singing by Stéphanie D'Oustrac. Bernard Richter, also very much looking the part, is a real find as Atys, giving a heartfelt performance with a light and honeyed timbre. Nicolas Rivenq is more refined than in his earlier performance and more mature vocally perhaps, while Paul Agnew performs with his usual pleasing standard and Emmanuelle Di Negri is both sweet and pathetic in characterisation. In conclusion, magnificent. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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