Legrenzi: La Divisione del Mondo

Sa. 13 and Su. 14 april 2019
Surtitles in French and English




The baroque period is full of wonders, some still undiscovered. After Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Cavalli, the Italian composer Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690) is the third major figure of the century where opera was invented. 


We know he created seventeen works of which only La Divisione del Mondo survived; it was performed to great success in the years following its first performance in Venice in 1675. The conductor Christophe Rousset, who incessantly pursues the revival of the beauties of 17th century works, will interpret this score with his ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques. For this premiere in France, the Dutch artist Jetske Mijnssen is staging a work expressing Juno’s jealousy and the dire consequences of Venus’s devastating beauty, with passion and humour.

"Alceste" by Lully - Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques

Edition by Thomas Hengelbrock
Coproduction: Opéra national du Rhin - Opéra national de Lorraine


Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690)

La Divisione del Mondo  

The Division of the World 

Opera in three acts on a libretto by Giulio Cesare Corradi, first performed on February 4, 1675 in Venice. 


Logo de l'ADOR - Les Amis de l'Opéra RoyalThis concert is made possible by a generous support from the ADOR, the Friends of the Royal Opera



Carlo Allemano Giove

Stuart Jackson Nettuno

Andre Morsch Plutone

Arnaud Richard Saturno

Julie Boulianne Giunone

Sophie Junker Venere

Jake Arditti Apollo

Christopher Lowrey Marte

Soraya Mafi Cintia

Rupert Enticknap Mercurio

Les Talens Lyriques

Christophe Rousset Conductor

Jetske Mijnssen Director

Herbert Murauer Décors

Julia Katharina Berndt Costumes

Bernd Purkrabek Lumières