1st Edition

The Operas of Rameau Genesis, Staging, Reception

Edited By Graham Sadler, Shirley Thompson, Jonathan Williams Copyright 2022
    340 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    340 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In recent years, interest in Rameau’s operas has grown enormously. These works are no longer regarded as peripheral by performers and audiences but are increasingly staged in the world’s major opera houses and festivals, while the production of first-rate recordings on CD and DVD continues to flourish. Such welcome developments have gone hand in hand with an upsurge in research on Rameau and his period. The present volume, devoted solely to the composer’s operas, reflects this scholarly activity. It brings together a substantial group of essays by an international team of scholars on a wide range of aspects of Rameau’s operas. The individual essays are informed by a variety of disciplines or sub-disciplines including literature, archival studies, musical analysis, gender studies, ballet and choreography, dramaturgy and staging. The contents are addressed to a wide readership, including not only scholars but also practical musicians, stage directors, dancers and choreographers.

    Part I – Factions and Rivalry

    1 A little-known contribution to the Lulliste-Ramiste dispute: Jean Galli Bibiena’s Mémoires et aventures de monsieur de ***  (1735)
    Francesca Pagani  
    2 Destouches and Collin de Blamont: two surintendants in the face of the Ramiste threat
    Françoise Escande and Benoît Dratwicki 
    3 Rameau versus Mondonville: the construction of a post-Lullian musical identity in France
    Thierry Favier 

    Part II – Librettos: Gestation, Attributions, Interpretation

    4 Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Art d’aimer: music and eroticism in the Age of Enlightenment
    Raphaëlle Legrand 
    5 Re-assessing attributions to Louis de Cahusac of the librettos of Rameau’s Io, Zéphire and Nélée et Mirthis
    Thomas Soury 
    6  The Triumph of Generosity, or ‘Let’s Make an Opera-Ballet’
    Roger Savage 
    7 New light on the genesis of the ill-fated opera Linus by La Bruère and Rameau
    Marie Demeilliez 

    Part III – Borrowings and Creative Renewal

    8 A cluster of allusions to Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni in Rameau’s ‘Anacréon’ (1757)
    Graham Sadler 
    9 Recreating Rameau: J.-S. Mangot and his role in Parma
    Margaret Butler 
    10 An anonymous Messe des morts on themes by Rameau and Mondonville
    Thomas Leconte 
    11  ‘Objet d’étude et de curiosité’: Candeille’s Castor et Pollux and its audiences, 1791–1815
    R. J. Arnold 

    Part IV – Production, Performance and Criticism

    12 The impact of human and material contingencies on artistic creation: the case of Rameau’s Les Indes galantes
    Laura Naudeix 
    13 Staging time and space in Rameau’s tragédies en musique
    Lois Rosow 
    14 Stage sets and music in Rameau’s operas
    Rémy-Michel Trotier 
    15 Do Rameau’s dances ‘impose physical movement’? A collaborative exploration
    Rebecca Harris-Warrick and Hubert Hazebroucq 
    16  Through the Mercure’s lens: mid-eighteenth-century acting styles and vocal aesthetics at the Paris Opéra
    Thomas Green 

    Part V – Discography

    17 Rameau’s operas on disc
    Patrick Florentin 


    Graham Sadler is a research professor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Hull.

    Shirley Thompson is Interim Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

    Jonathan Williams is a leading Rameau specialist in Britain and director of the Rameau Project based at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.