Salieri : Les Danaïdes
This is the work which turned an unknown composer into a star of the Paris Opera: the day after the acclaimed premiere of Danaides, officially signed by Gluck, he revealed he was not the author but that his colleague Salieri had composed this opera.
Salieri became incredibly famous, the darling of Parisians (without needing to kill Mozart…). Initially entrusted to Gluck, the libretto for Danaides was finally put to music by his disciple Salieri, who signed one of the most remarkable score of the end of the 18th century. The theatricality of the subject, the intensity of feeling and the touching lyricism of the arias fully justify Berlioz’s admiration for this work. Heir to Gluck’s reform, Les Danaides announce Méhul and Cherubini’s pre-romanticism, while evoking Racine and Corneille’s tragic grandeur.
Antonio Salieri (1750-1825)
Lyric Tragedy in five acts
Libretto François Bailli du Roullet and Louis Théodore de Tchoudi
Created at the Paris Académie Royale de Musique on 26 April 1784
Co-production Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française
In partnership with Arsenal de Metz
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