Festival Curator Kate Molleson presents Dunedin Consort, one of the world’s leading Baroque ensembles, performing Jean-Philippe Rameau’s sumptuous opera Pygmalion with a sensational cast accompanied by one of Scotland’s most daring young dancers, Claricia Parinussa.
Rameau’s opera tells the myth of Pygmalion, a talented sculptor who creates the image of his ideal woman in ivory. As the statue takes shape, Pygmalion becomes increasingly infatuated with it, much to the dismay of his fiancée Céphise. The sculptor appeals to the goddess Venus to bring his statue to life, and everyone’s fortunes are changed when la statue transforms, awakes – and dances.
An opera about power, gender, the myth of creative genius, narcissism, and image culture – an opera for our times.
In addition, cellist Lucy Railton responds to the drama of the work with her own compositions to open and close the concert.
Nicholas Mulroy Pygmalion
Anna Dennis L’Amour
Jessica Leary Céphise
Zoë Brookshaw La statue animée
Spitalfields Music thank Brian Smith for his support of this performance.
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