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TITLE: Les Amants Magnifiques
Director: Sebastien Glas

Genre: Opera

Format: HD

Composer: Jean-Baptiste Lully

Contributors: Stage Director: Vincent Tavernier, Choreographer: Marie-Geneviève Massé

Company: LGM

Runtime: 150' minutes.

ID: 360.




This collaboration of two 17th century geniuses, Molière and Jean-Baptiste Lully, was brought about by Louis XIV, who commissioned this royal entertainment for the carnival season of 1670. It was only performed once at Saint-Germain-en-Laye and has not been seen ever since. The piece is a typical mixture of words, music and dance. The performance lasts for about 150 minutes of which 90 minutes is gorgeous music. The fairy tale story lends itself to brilliant stagecraft, blending theatre, singing, music, dance and performance elements into satirizing court life at the time. Molière specialist Vincent Tavernier uses state of the art technology and surprising scene changes to make this truly regal entertainment come alive. The costumes are a mix of contemporary haute couture and motifs of the time. Hervé Niquet and his Concert Spirituel provide the music, while Marie-Geneviève Massé choreographs the dances.