opera notebook

some operas I have seen on video

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Hippolyte et Aricie (1733)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 2013

This rare British production of Hippolyte et Aricie begins with Diana and Amor in debate from opposite sides of a gigantic refrigerator (the freezer compartment and the egg tray; see above). Then dancers remove giant stalks of broccoli from the fridge to create a sylvan setting; and then things start to get much stranger. But the music is beautiful and well-sung by a cast of stars.