The encounter of immortals with mortals – gods with humans – is usually unpredictable, and in Rameau's lyrical tragedy, Hippolyte et Aricie, there are as many as four gods intervening into the intricate relationships between two earthly couples: Diana, Jupiter, Pluton, and Neptune. Also another meeting in the Berlin State Opera new staging appears unpredictable, too: a Baroque work that has been the first to bring the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau to the famous opera house, has been staged by the progressive conceptual artist Ólafur Elíasson known for his large-scale lighting or water installations. While the heroes of the drama hardly control their emotions and forbidden passions, Ólafur literally tames the light rays and handles them in undreamed ways. In the spectacular sceneries, Magdalena will be portrayed as Faidra unhappily in love, the title couple will be sung by Anna Prohaska and Reinoud Van Mechelen. The performance will be rehearsed by Sir Simon Rattle and under his baton the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra will play. Aletta Collins is in charge of direction and choreography.
For detailed information about the production team and the cast of Berlin staging of Hippolyte et Aricie, see the individual dates of the performance in our calendar.
Photo: Karl and Monika Forster / Berlin State Opera