Learning to Love Lully

June 12, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Jean-Baptiste Lully engraving by Henri Bonnart

The revival of French Baroque opera has been ongoing for decades. Now more than ever, it is easy to access this genre which has presented obstacles for English-speaking audiences. This week, Oliver unlocks the secrets to enjoying 17th century French opera (hint: it’s always about the story and the dancing); and introduces you to the theater music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, the composer dubbed as France’s first composer of opéra.


Playlist to include selections from the operas Atys, Amadis, and Armide.