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Persée (‘Perseus’)locked

  • Lois Rosow

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Tragédie en musique in a prologue and five acts by Jean-Baptiste Lully ( see Lully family, §1 ) to a libretto by Quinault, Philippe after Ovid ’s Metamorphoses; Paris, Opéra, 17 or 18 April 1682.

Andromède [Andromeda] (soprano) and Perseus (haute-contre) love each other, but Andromeda is betrothed to Phinée [Phineus] (baritone); Mérope [Merope] (soprano), who loves Perseus, sides with Phineus. This human drama is resolved only through Perseus’s triumph over supernatural obstacles. In a series of elaborate spectacles he is supplied by the gods with armour and weapons, he slays the Gorgon Méduse [Medusa] (tenor), and monsters are born of Medusa’s blood, all in full view of the audience; Perseus’s rescue of Andromeda is described by the chorus. ...

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