Rameau Re-Designed by Ólafur Elíasson

Author: EuroArts Music International

Get carried away into a realm of wonders with Rameau & Elíasson.

  • Elsa Dreisig | Copyright: © Simon Fowler

    Elsa Dreisig © Simon Fowler

  • Sir Simon Rattle | Copyright: © Oliver Helbig

    Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig

  • Anna Prohaska | Copyright: © Harald Hoffmann

    Anna Prohaska © Harald Hoffmann

The French Baroque opera Hippolyte et Aricie carries its audience away into a realm of wonders with magnificent dance and choir scenes and the greatest possible multitude of musical forms. Philippe Rameau, a French contemporary of Bach and Handel, revolutionized the music of his time with radically novel, sometimes dissonant harmonics; extraordinarily colorful and complex orchestral movements, multifarious rhythms and dramatic intensity.

The artist Ólafur Elíasson, who created the set design for the opera Phaedra and the ballet Tree of Codes is responsible for the set & costume design. In his art, he deconstructs natural phenomena and he rethinks them with the help of color, light, reflections and movement. For Elíasson it is never about the work of art as an autonomous object, but about the interaction with the beholder.

Original title Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
Genre Opera
Recording location Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Recording date 6 & 8 December 2018
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle
Orchestra / Band Freiburger Barockorchester
Choir Staatsopernchor
Soloist Anna Prohaska
Soloist Elsa Dreisig
Soloist Magdalena Kožená
Soloist Reinoud Van Mechelen
Soloist Roman Trekel
Choreography by Aletta Collins
Sets Ólafur Elíasson
Costumes Ólafur Elíasson



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