Glories of the French Baroque

Glories of the French Baroque


Suites and Arias from ‘Tragédies en musique’, ‘Opéra-ballets’ and ‘Comédies lyriques’ by Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Audiences from Vienna and Paris to New York and Glyndebourne have fallen in love with Brenda Rae, and now it is Australia’s turn to see what all the excitement is about.

Stunning young American coloratura Brenda Rae has won accolades for her ‘golden soprano’ and now, in partnership with the Melbourne Festival and Melbourne Recital Centre, joins the ANAM Orchestra for her exclusive Australian debut in a vocal feast, offering some exquisite treasures from the master of the French baroque, Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Pulling it all together is Australian conductor Benjamin Bayl who returns home from an impressive list of engagements overseas to share his extensive experience in early music with our up and coming young musicians.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in association with Melbourne Festival


Les folies françaises – Suites and Arias from Rameau’s “Tragédies en musique”,
“Opéra-ballets” & “Comédies lyriques”

Les Paladins
Ouverture très vive – Menuet lent – Air gay
Loure – Air très gay
“Je vole, Amour” (aria of Argie)
Menuet – Contredanse

Castor et Pollux
Passepieds – Bruit de guerre – Ritournelle tendre
“Tristes apprêts, pâles flambeaux” (aria of Télaire)
Danse des Démons

Rigaudons – Tambourins
“Formons les plus brillants concerts – Aux langueurs d’Apollon” (recitative & aria of La Folie)

Ouverture – Air léger – Entrée de peuples différents – Air tendre en rondeau – Tambourin
“Sur nos coeurs épuise tes armes” (aria of Amélite)
Menuet – Air grave – Air vif – Air très vif

Les Boréades
“Un horizon serein” (aria of Alphise)
Entrée de Polymnie

Les Indes galantes
Air vif – Air pour l’adoration du Soleil – Contredanse
“Vaste empire des mers” (aria of Emilie)
Air pour les sauvages – Chaconne
“Régnez, plaisirs” (aria of Zima)


Brenda Rae soprano
Benjamin Bayl harpsichord/director
ANAM Orchestra


This production is part of the following series:

Australian National Academy of Music

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