Baroque Weekend

The Eroticism of Venetian Opera

Les Épopées (photo: Etienne Charbonnier)

This concert celebrates the sensuous, erotic moments in life. Under the direction of Stéphane Fuget, the young French ensemble Les Épopées, which has recently established a notable reputation for its expressive music-making, abducts us to the world of early Venetian opera. That world was anything but prudish – witness the numerous frivolous, indeed decadent moments in works by Francesco Cavalli, Giovanni Legrenzi and Claudio Monteverdi: arias and ensemble scenes filled with passion, seduction, abandon and lust.

Les Épopées

Stéphane Fuget harpsichord and direction

“Pleasureˮ ‒ Venetian Operan Arias of the 17th Century

Works by Francesco Cavalli, Claudio Monteverdi, Domenico Freschi, Antonio Sartorio and further composers

Baroque Package

Put together your own package of three or five concerts from the programme of our Baroque Weekend and save 5 or 10% on the individual ticket price!

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Lecture

After the concert, visit our lecture in the exhibition foyer of the Chamber Music Hall entitled Between sensual pleasure and the fear of God: the Baroque attitude to life.

Dates and Tickets

Sun 25 Feb 2024, 15:30

Chamber Music Hall

Biographies

Les Epopées

When "the notes turn into burning sobs" (The Times) and the "affects literally pierce you through" (Le Figaro), then the "Compagnie lyrique" Les Epopées is at work. The ensemble, founded in 2018 by vocal coach, harpsichordist, organist, pianist and conductor Stéphane Fuget, found its place in the early music scene at breathtaking speed: "Its articulation, accents, colors, phrasing and tone come close to an operatic ideal", enthused Forum Opéra. Named after the ancient epics that still inspire us today, the ensemble is made up of experienced musicians and young, up-and-coming artists. Its programmes feature mainly baroque works, like the operas of Claudio Monteverdi, or a focus on the French repertoire of Jean-Baptiste Lully, for example - but Les Epopées also performs contemporary music and works from the Romantic period. For Stéphane Fuget, it is not the era that matters, but the meaning to be found both in and between the notes. Since July 2020, Les Épopées has been based at the Palace of Versailles, where the ensemble will record a complete cycle of Lully's Grands Motets as well as all of Monteverdi's operas.

Showpieces

Baroque Weekend 2024