William Christie conducts Lully's Armide at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Armide was Jean-Baptiste Lully's last "tragédie en musique" (in five acts and a prologue). It was composed in 1686 on a libretto by Philippe Quinault and is often considered as the masterwork of both artists. The argument of the tragedy is borrowed from Tasso's "Jerusalem Delivered" (Gerusalemme liberata) and tells of the witch Armide's unrequited love for the knight Renaud.
'Tragédie en musique' in a prologue and five acts by Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632 - 1687)
Libretto by Philippe Quinault after Torquato Tasso's 'Gerusalemme liberata'
First performance in Paris, Opéra, 15 February 1686
Recording: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Paris
Director: Francois Roussillon
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