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Ovid's Metamorphoses

Music and mythology

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Dates Fri, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 14, 2024

Venue Folger Theatre

Duration 1 hour 45 minutes, with intermission

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Ovid’s Metamorphoses, an inspiration to composers over the centuries, is the basis for incandescent cantatas by Jean-Philippe Rameau, including his retelling of the epic of Orpheus and Eurydice.

A genre unique to the Baroque, a cantata resembles a mini-opera for one or two voices, complete with recitatives and arias.

We turn to this marvelous music of 18th-century France to close our 2023-24 season. This is music that encompasses graceful and simple vocal melodies with virtuosic embellishments and inventive harmonies in a wonderful dramatic style.

Joining a featured soprano will be a quartet of violin, traverso, viola da gamba, and harpsichord, performing works by Marais and Leclair, and featuring one of Telemann’s masterful Paris Quartets.