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Sun 27 Apr 2014

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Rameau’s Zaïs

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £9-£38

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Venue telephone: 020 7960 4200

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Experience Rameau’s powerfully expressive opera Zaïs, as it receives its British premiere. This rare, semi-staged performance features beautiful Baroque choreography performed by Edith Lalonger’s Parisian dance troupe, Les Plaisirs des Nations.Known today for its overture—a remarkable orchestral portrayal of Chaos and the creation of the universe—Zaïs is an adaptation of Richardson’s scandalous novel Pamela transformed into a tale of romance in an enchanted world of myth and magic rings, where aerial beings and shepherdesses fall in love and statues come to life.

Ordered by L’Amour to put their feelings to the test, Zaïs must subject Zélidie to a series of ordeals, only to face the ultimate test himself. Will they succeed, and will love prevail?

This event is part of the Rameau Project and is generously supported by the University of Oxford.

Jonathan Williams conductor

Edith Lalonger choreographer

Jeremy Budd Zaïs
Louise Alder Zélidie
Ashley Riches Cindor
Katherine Watson Amour
David Stout Oromazès
Katherine Manley La grande Prêtresse
Anna Dennis Une Sylphide
Gwilym Bowen Sylph

Choir of the Enlightenment
Les Plaisirs des Nations

Free pre-concert OAE EXTRAS event at 5.45pm, auditorium

Concert ends approx 9.50pm

Venue details

Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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  • Wow! Very interested in this project. Is there just Pymalion/Anacreon to hear/see in the Autumn except tomorrow’s ZAIS?

    Robert Carrington Sat Apr 26 2014
  • Looking forward to ZAIS, ANACREON/PYGMALION. Are there other perfomances?

    Robert Carrington Sat Apr 26 2014
  • I was at the performance on Sunday evening in the Festival Hall. This was indeed such an enjoyable and uplifting experience to be present at such an unusual event – obviously the result of scholarly research and dedicated ‘hard work’ on the part of the young people who carried it off with aplomb.
    The quality of musical performance – orchestra,.singers as well as the ‘authentic’ ,charming dancers – would surely certainly have pleased Rameau himself..
    That was surely well worth the jaunt from Monmoth to be present.

    Ieuan Owen (Rtd.. HMI Schools) Tue Apr 29 2014