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Àlex Ollé premieres ‘Le Retour d’Idoménée’ in France: a version of the opera adapted to the circumstances

La Fura dels Baus has adapted what was supposed to be the premiere of Idoménée by Álex Ollé at the Opéra de Lille: it was postponed to the following season. Ollé has redesigned its version of the opera to adapt it to the current health situation caused by the Covid-19: with cheaper prices and a smaller format. The result is Le Retour d’Idoméneé. It will be performed next 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 October and tickets can already be purchased through this link.

The baroque opera Idomenée (1712), by André Campra, has as its theme a dense network of passions involving, on one side, the vengeful gods Venus, Eolo, Neptune and Nemesis and, on the other, characters emerged from the Trojan War as Idomeneo (King of Crete), his son Idamante, Princess Ilione, a Trojan prisoner, and Electra, the daughter of Agamemnon. The baroque music creates an emotional distancing that the staging, seeking the sensitivity of the current viewer, has attempted to transform by focusing interest in the trauma of the war in which everyone is immersed, so that, under a layer of psychological likelihood, the characters seem to live trapped in a nightmare. The scenery, built only with broken glass panels, symbolizes the soul of the characters, fragility, broken or lost dreams, and their frustrated hopes. A glass castle suspended in the air capable of reflecting their thoughts but also their nightmares.

 

 

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