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Armide(i)locked

  • Lois Rosow

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Tragédie en musique in a prologue and five acts by Jean-Baptiste Lully ( seeLully family, (1) ) to a libretto by philippe Quinault after Torquato Tasso ’s epic poem Gerusalemme liberata; Paris, Opéra, 15 February 1686.

The last tragedy by Lully and Quinault was regarded during the 18th century as their masterpiece. It is their only opera to concentrate on the sustained psychological development of an individual character. According to Le Cerf de la Viéville, it was known as ‘the ladies’ opera’, presumably a reference to Armide’s internal conflict....

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