Salieri : Les Danaïdes

27 november 2013 - 8pm
Concert version
Approximate duration: 
2h30 intermission included

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)

Les Danaïdes

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

Ce concert fera l’objet d’un enregistrement




Judith Van Wanroij, Hypermnestre
Philippe Talbot, Lyncée
Tassis Christoyannis, Danaüs
Katia Velletaz, Plancippe
Thomas Dolié, Pélagus



Les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
Olivier Schneebeli, director

Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset, conductor