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Daphnis and Alcimadure of Mondonville

Cultural, Opera in Montauban
  • Creation 2022: Premiere in Montauban and opening concert of the Passions Baroques festival.

  • What a funny idea in Mondonville!
    Based on a fable by La Fontaine, cruel with a tragic ending, he wrote a charming opera libretto with a happy ending and composed a delicious pastoral.
    Here, contrary to the fable, there is no court nobility but nobility of the heart: Daphnis, a young shepherd, is dying of love for Alcimadure, a coquette villager in love with freedom who disdains him. Jeanet, the beauty's brother, tries to convince her that he is the ideal beloved. The wolf who terrorizes...
    What a funny idea in Mondonville!
    Based on a fable by La Fontaine, cruel with a tragic ending, he wrote a charming opera libretto with a happy ending and composed a delicious pastoral.
    Here, contrary to the fable, there is no court nobility but nobility of the heart: Daphnis, a young shepherd, is dying of love for Alcimadure, a coquette villager in love with freedom who disdains him. Jeanet, the beauty's brother, tries to convince her that he is the ideal beloved. The wolf who terrorizes the village gets involved. Will everything be okay in the end?
    In prologue, Dame Clémence Isaure, mythical founder of floral games in Toulouse, sings in French the pretext of the pastoral: banter would maintain the constancy of love.

    About...
    Jean-Joseph Cassnéa de Mondonville, virtuoso violinist, is a composer at the Royal Chapel of Versailles and at the Concert Spirituel. In 1754, wanting to seduce Louis XV and the Dauphine, he created "Daphnis et Alcimadure" in the Oc language: "Establishing, at the Royal Academy of Music, a pastoral in the Occitan dialect was a challenge; it was a triumph" , he declared.
    It is this original story that Jean-Marc Andrieu, musical director of Les Passions, will tell us during this unique Occitan baroque opera, performed on period instruments.
  • Spoken languages
    • French
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  • On October 1, 2022 at 8:30 PM