Extracts from Armide
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
Philippe Quinault (1635-1688)
After the success of Rameau’s Les Indes galantes in 2018, the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires have joined forces to stage the first performance of Lully’s Armide in Argentina, with students from the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón.
When ISATC (Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón) in Buenos Aires opened its doors to baroque opera, the CMBV became its privileged partner in their exploration of 17th and 18th century French repertoire. Following the performance in July 2018 of one of Rameau’s best known works, Les Indes galantes (1735,) comes Lully’s iconic opera Armide (1686). Coached by specialists, around thirty students, dancers, singers and musicians immerse themselves in the world of the Sun King’s court to the sound of Vingt-quatre Violons du Roi replica vintage instruments provided by the CMBV. Masterclasses, workshops and conferences are held on site during preparations for the production, and some students are invited to Versailles to familiarise themselves with the French baroque style and to meet staff and students from the CMBV and its partner institution the Pôle Supérieur Paris-Boulogne-Billancourt.