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Persée (2004)

Unrated | | Drama, Music | TV Movie 2 December 2004
In his position as the king's composer, Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) created the opera Persée for Louis XIV. The opera was considered the crowning achievement of 17th century French ... See full summary »

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Marc Stone

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Marc Stone
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Credited cast:
Colin Ainsworth Colin Ainsworth ... Corite / Mercury
Cyril Auvity Cyril Auvity ... Persee
Luciana Calvet Luciana Calvet ... Dancer
Alain Coulombe Alain Coulombe ... Phinee
Natalya Gomez Natalya Gomez ... Dancer
Nathaniel Kozlow Nathaniel Kozlow ... Dancer
Olivier Laquerre Olivier Laquerre ... Cephee / Medusa
James Leja James Leja ... Dancer
Marie Lenormand Marie Lenormand ... Andromede
Courtney Lutz Courtney Lutz ... Dancer
Jeremy Nasmith Jeremy Nasmith ... Dancer
Jason Nedecky Jason Nedecky ... Amphimedon / Protenor / Fiery Spirit
Stephanie Novacek Stephanie Novacek ... Cassiope
Kate Scheuer Kate Scheuer ... Dancer
Luke Scheuer Luke Scheuer ... Dancer
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In his position as the king's composer, Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) created the opera Persée for Louis XIV. The opera was considered the crowning achievement of 17th century French music theatre and was widely recognized as Lully's greatest work. Filled with dancing, fight scenes, monsters and special effects, this truly spectacular music drama recounts the thrilling story of Perseus, son of Zeus and heroic vanquisher of the snake-haired Gorgon Medusa. More than half a century after its premiere, Louis XV chose "Persée" to open the new Royal Opera House at the Chateau de Versailles, an event that formed part of the celebrations for the future Louis XVI's marriage to Marie Antoinette. Recorded live at the Elgin Theatre, Toronto in April 2004, this staging is a dazzling spectacle of gods and goddesses, dancing scenes, flying machines and monsters with fight scenes and special effects inspired by designs from the original 17th century performance. The excellent singer-actors and the ...

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Drama | Music

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Country:

Canada

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French

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2 December 2004 (Canada) See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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Stereo

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Color
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Well and truly stunning
20 January 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

For me, this Persee is one of the best productions of any opera I've seen recently. The opera itself is such a subtly powerful one dramatically and musically from a composer who revolutionised French opera and I think opera in general. It is a gorgeous looking production with sumptuous costumes and some of the most beautiful sets I've seen in any opera production. They don't just look gorgeous, they give the king's court such a rich atmosphere. The staging is entirely respectful to the story and the style of the opera, and succeeds in making an opera from centuries ago accessible to modern audiences. The orchestral playing, while sometimes a little too prominent in the woodwind section, brings out the beauty and depth of Lully's music seamlessly. Hervé Niquet conducts superbly with attention to textures, dynamics and orchestral tone and he chooses tempos that compliment the drama. The cast are without a weak link. Monica Whicher in particular stands out, she is very moving and sings with such radiance. Cyril Auvity has one of the loveliest voices of any tenor singing early music, it is not a large voice nor did it need to be. Colin Ainsworth has a countertenor voice of great purity, Marie Lenormand's singing is like the softest silk and Stephanie Novacek's extremely creamy. Vilma Vitols has a rich voice that she uses subtly, Oliver Lacquerre is both hilarious and commanding. In conclusion, a stunning production, with one of the easiest 10/10s I've given. Bethany Cox


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