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Issélocked

  • Caroline Wood

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Pastorale héroïque in a prologue and three acts by André Cardinal Destouches to a libretto by Antoine Houdar de Lamotte ; concert performances at Fontainebleau, 7 October, and Versailles, Trianon, 17 December 1697 (stage performance, Paris, Opéra, 30 December 1697).

Apollo (haute-contre), wishing to win the nymph Issé (soprano), disguises himself as Philemon, a shepherd, with whom Issé duly falls in love. When an oracle discloses that Apollo wants Issé, she declares her loyalty to her simple shepherd; Apollo, delighted, reveals his true identity. Parallel with this plot is a more lighthearted secondary intrigue between Doris (soprano) and Pan (bass). The changes made by Destouches for a revival in ...

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