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08 Dec 2004

Handel in Paris: A Review of Hercules

Paris Palais Garnier 12/04/2004 - et 6, 8, 11, 14, 16, 19, 22, 27 décembre 2004 Georg Friedrich Haendel : Hercules Joyce DiDonato (Dejanira), William Shimell (Hercules), Malena Ernman (Lichas), Toby Spence (Hyllus), Indela Bohlin (Iole), Simon Kirkbridge (Pretre de...

Palais Garnier
12/04/2004 - et 6, 8, 11, 14, 16, 19, 22, 27 décembre 2004
Georg Friedrich Haendel : Hercules
Joyce DiDonato (Dejanira), William Shimell (Hercules), Malena Ernman (Lichas), Toby Spence (Hyllus), Indela Bohlin (Iole), Simon Kirkbridge (Pretre de Jupiter)
Orchestre et Chœur des Arts Florissants, William Christie (direction)
Luc Bondy (mise en scène)

Parmi les nombreux opéras de Haendel, Hercules (1745) concentre le drame comme rarement. C'est la jalousie qui tient ici le premier role au long d'une intrigue très linéaire, la jalousie qui naît (acte I), ronge (acte II) et culmine dans la folie (acte III). Au retour de ses douze travaux, Hercules ramène en effet parmi ses captifs une princesse " à la beauté fatale ", Iole, dont son épouse, Déjanira, soupçonne qu'elle est son amante ; il faudra la mort du héros pour que, sombrant dans la folie, elle se rende compte de son erreur.

Figure centrale de l'opéra, le role de Déjanira nécessite des moyens vocaux et un investissement dramatique à la mesure des grandes héroïaut;nes lyriques (Traviata, Isolde, Elektra ...), pour notre plus grande satisfaction et la réussite de cette production (créée à Aix cet été), Joyce DiDonato se révèle parfaitement à la hauteur. Très convaincante dans les circonvolutions de l'écriture baroque, captivante dans la tragédie du doute affreux qui la ronge, la mezzo américaine signe ici une performance remarquable, on ne souhaite que la voir plus souvent à Paris ! Drame resserré sur six personnages, les autres roles sont également parfaitement tenus, des deux séduisantes suédoises Ingela Bohlin (soprano, Iole) et Malena Ernman (mezzo, Lichas) à l'anglais Simon Kirkbridge (baryton-basse, Pretre de Jupiter), qui tous les trois font leurs débuts à l'Opéra de Paris ; et l'on retrouve avec plaisir les deux anglais William Shimell (baryton, Hercules) et Toby Spence (ténor, Hyllus).

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[NB: Hercules (HWV 60) is classified as neither an opera nor as an oratorio. It is a drama that is performed in oratorio style. Click here for complete information.]

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