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Roland(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 ludovico Ariosto ’s Orlando furioso; Versailles, court, 8 January 1685.

Lully and Quinault’s penultimate tragedy was performed weekly at Versailles (in the riding-school theatre, without machinery) for two months; the production then moved to the Paris Opéra on 8 or 9 March and continued until November. The principal singers were Le Rochois (Angélique), Dumesnil (Médor) and Beaumavielle (Roland). Paris Opéra revivals occurred regularly up to ...

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