News and Features

Podcast: Hippolyte et Aricie

Explore Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera Hippolyte et Aricie

Peggy Reynolds provides a historical and musical introduction to one of the great works of French Baroque opera, Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. We hear from Jeanice Brooks, Professor of Music at the University of Southampton, who identifies Rameau as an almost exact contemporary of Handel and Bach, who started his musical career as an organist and theorist and went on to stage lavish operas for Louis XV as ‘Compositeur du Cabinet du Roi’. From writer and mythographer Marina Warner, who unfolds the myth which forms the basis of the opera’s narrative, and explores the Racine play which inspired Pellegrin’s libretto for Rameau’s opera. And from Sarah Connolly, who marvels at the richness of invention in Rameau’s music and explores the pivotal role of Phèdre, a woman doomed to an unattainable and incestuous love.

Available in iTunes

Producer: Mair Bosworth for Festival 2013
(Musical extracts used with kind permission of Warner Music)

You might also like

Read our top tips for a Festival visit.
Go behind the scenes to see how some of the production’s the…
Join Louise Alder for an up-close look at the costumes she'l…
Explore our latest job vacancies
Brighten the stage with world-class opera and artists
Glyndebourne Shop
Our online shop offers a great selection of exclusive and locally sourced products. Every purchase supports our work.
Become a Member
Enjoy priority booking for the Festival. Find out how you can join as an Associate Member
Support us
Glyndebourne is a charity and the Festival receives no public subsidy. We rely on generous supporters who are passionate about opera.