Campra : Tancrède
André Campra is unquestionably the greatest opera composer between Lully and Rameau, at a time where Lalande reigned over the grand motet. His opera-ballets introduced popular or exotic tones on the stage of the Académie royale, but his tragedies pursued the Lullly experience with a larger orchestra and exacerbated theatricality. Tancrède his masterpiece demonstrates more than any other score the extent of his incredible talent.
Since its production at the Aix-en-Provence festival, more than twenty years ago, Tancrède had disappeared from French stages: this hero’s return (so famous from Monteverdi to Rossini) will give him the opportunity to rise again to the challenges of love and glory, in a time when as a Christian knight he will have to choose between his duty to free Jerusalem and the charms of the unfaithful Clorinde. Campra gives them the most beautiful musical weapons: fanfares, battles, cries of love echo masterfully in a pure baroque setting.
André Campra (1660-1744)
Tragedy in music in five acts with prologue
Libretto by Antoine Danchet
Created at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris on 7 November 1702
Coproduction Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
Score created by CMBV