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Lully: Thésée - Aaron Engebreth (baritone); Aaron Sheehan (tenor); Amanda Forsythe (soprano); Ellen Hargis (soprano);...
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  1. Thésée, opera, LWV 51
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Jean-Baptiste Lully, born Giovanni Battista Lulli in Florence in 1632, moved to France early in his career. By the time he turned 30, he had been named music master to the royal family and elevated to the nobility. Italian opera, particularly the works of Cavalli, had become hugely popular in France, and Lully took up the task of creating a tradition of native French opera. In 1775, in collaboration with librettist Philippe Quinault, Lully produced Thésée, a "tragédie en musique," which marked a turning point in the ...