Les Indes galantes

Jean-Philippe Rameau

3 horas
Spanish , English

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui signs the choreography and set of this Baroque opera-ballet, starring Lisette Oropesa.


Very much in keeping with the spirit of his age, Jean-Philippe Rameau measures the European culture of being lucky or unlucky in love against the image of the noble savage and takes the audience on a journey to four exotic realms. Given that, in the mythical land of Arcadia, people are walking away from Love and choosing to follow the god of war, Amor encourages Love to seek new followers on other continents. Regardless of whether the portrayals of distant lands are accurate representations of reality as conveyed by geographers, or simply a propagation of colonial clichés, Europeans are reflected just as much in the sultan who declines to take advantage of the highly desirable prisoner; in the self-destructively jealous Inka priest; in the love games of Persian princes; and in the prairie Indians who love faithfully and peacefully, as Rameau's furiously portrayed storms and volcanic eruptions stand for their emotional turbulence.


Recollecting the origins of French music theatre within a culture of dance, Rameau plays with a genre which was enjoying a high degree of popularity among his contemporaries, but which today classifies as terra incognita, ripe for rediscovery: the Opéra-ballet. Using a balanced mix of music, drama and dance, and with multiple long-distance location changes, the focus alternates between four couples and their handling of fidelity, trust and jealousy - variations on the increasingly pertinent question: How do we love right?


With the collaboration of Naxos


Opera-ballet in four acts and prologue


Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau

Libretto by Louis de Fuzelier

Premiered on August  23, 1735 by the Académie Royale de Musique at its Théâtre in the Palais-Royal

Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

Dancers of the Compagnie Eastman, Antwerpen

Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Freiburg

Münchner Festspielorchester


Artistic team

Conductor | Ivor Bolton

Stage director and choreographer | Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Set designer | Anna Viebrock

Costumes designer | Greta Goiris

Lighting designer | Michael Bauer

Playwrights | Antonio Cuenca, Miron Hakenbeck




Hébé | Lisette Oropesa

Bellone | Goran Juric

L'Amour | Ana Quintans


1e Entrée – Le turc généreux (The Generous Turk)

Osman | Tareq Nazmi

Emilie | Joélle Harvey

Valère | Cyril Auvity


2e Entrée – Les Incas du Pérou (The Incas of Peru)

Huascar | François Lis

Phani | Anna Prohaska

Don Carlos | Mathias Vidal   


3e Entrée – Les fleurs-fête Persane (The Flowers-Persian Festival)

Tacmas | Cyril Auvity

Ali | Tareq Nazmi

Zaire | Ana Quintans

Fatime | Anna Prohaska


4e Entrée – Les sauvages (The Savages)

Adario | John Moore

Damon | Mathias Vidal

Don Alvaro | François Lis

Zima | Lisette Oropesa


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