Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie / Lyon, Karg, Christie, OAE

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"For its first staging of a Rameau opera, the Glyndebourne Festival in England went big: a riotous yet sophisticated production, by Jonathan Kent, that captures both the frigidity and the passions of human relations, and that has the leadership of the French Baroque master William Christie, conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Ed Lyon, Christiane Karg, Sarah Connolly, and Stéphane Degout all give standout performances." – Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

In Glyndebourne's first-ever staging of a opera by Rameau, director Jonathan Kent presents a production which, in his own words, strives to appeal to every sense and show audiences how engrossing and musically ravishing French Baroque opera can be. Rameau's inventive take on Racine's great tragedy Phèdre is brought to life by Paul Browns colourful and elegant designs and Ashley Pages playful choreography. Ed Lyon and Christiane Karg give captivating performances as the titular young lovers, while Sarah Connolly, making a welcome return to Glyndebourne, invests Phaedra with both grandeur and a desperately human vulnerability (The Independent). Leading exponent of early music William Christie sets an exhilarating pace, galvanising the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to playing of tremendous panache (The DailyTelegraph).

Jonathan Kent, stage director
Paul Brown, set and costume designer
Mark Henderson, lighting designer

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes, June 2013

Bonus: -
An opera to surprise and delight
- Cast gallery

  • Picture format: NTSC 16:9
  • Sound format: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1
  • Region code: 0 (worldwide)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Dutch, Japanese, Korean
  • Running time: 187 mins
  • of DVDs: 2
  • of Blu-ray discs: 1


It could be argued that the loose-limbed structure of Hippolyte et Aricie strays too widely from Phèdre, though its major excursions are drawn from the mythological variants Racine himself discusses in the play’s preface. Its controlled extravagance makes it one of the great French Baroque entertainments, though Rameau’s insights into Phèdre’s emotional and moral torment form a real heart of darkness. Christie conducted a superb Glyndebourne cast in 2013.

-- Gramophone

Product Description:

  • Release Date: July 29, 2014

  • Catalog Number: OA 1143D

  • UPC: 809478011439

  • Label: Opus Arte

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • Period: Baroque

  • Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau

  • Conductor: William Christie

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Glyndebourne Chorus

  • Performer: Aimery Lefevre, Christiane Karg, Ed Lyon, François Lis, Julie Pasturaud, Katherine Watson, Loïc Félix, Sarah Connolly, Stèphane Degout


  1. Hippolyte et Aricie

    Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Ensemble: Orchestra of the Sge of Enlightenment, Glyndebourne Chorus

    Performer: Aimery Lefevre (Baritone), Christiane Karg (Soprano), Ed Lyon (Tenor), François Lis (Bass), Julie Pasturaud (Mezzo-Soprano), Katherine Watson (Soprano), Loïc Félix (Tenor), Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-Soprano), Stèphane Degout (Baritone)

    Conductor: William Christie