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Published on Jun 16, 2010
Jean-Philippe Rameau's tragédie lyrique 'Castor et Pollux' 1754. DVD. Libretto by Pierre-Joseph Bernard.
End of Act 4 'Entr'acte Rondeau' Act 5 scene 1 'Le ciel est donc touche des plus tendres amours' - Telaire, Castor 5,2 'Mais j'entends des cris d'allegresse' - Telaire, chorus
Télaire - Anna Maria Panzarella, soprano Phébé, Princess of Sparta - Véronique Gens, mezzo Cléone, Phebe's maid - Judith van Wanroij, soprano Castor - Finnur Bjarnason, tenor Pollux -- Henk Neven, bass-baritone Jupiter -- Nicolas Testé, bass High Priest -- Thomas Oliemans, baritone Mercury + 3 other roles -- Anders J.Dahlin, tenor Les Talens Lyriques. Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera Musical director - Christophe Rousset. Stage director -- Pierre Audi.
The libretto, based in mythology, focuses on an unusual theme: the self-sacrificing love between Castor, who is mortal, and his immortal brother, Pollux. When Castor is killed while defending his beloved Télaire from an attempted abduction, Pollux resolves to give up his immortality and take Castor's place in the Underworld. After passionate debate over who will live and who will die, the brothers are eternally united, transformed into the constellation Gemini.