Les Talens Lyriques: Music of Rameau

December 4, 2017, 9:00 am

Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques bring us to the stage of the Royal Academy of Music where Pygmalion, a ballet by Jean-Philippe Rameau inspired by an episode from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, was created in 1748. Love, showing empathy for Pygmalion’s despair of loving a statue, animates the sculpted woman who immediately falls in love with her creator. The music of this tender and mischievous ballet deploys the grace of 18th century dances.  Christophe Rousset instills life in the score, one of Rameau’s greatest successes in his day, and offers us a new and essential reading of this ballet.