Tickets on sale now! | The Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater—with guest director Ellen Hargis, conductor Harry Davidson, choreographer Julie Andrijeski (Artistic Coordinator of Historical Performance Ensembles) and the Case Western Reserve University Baroque Orchestra—will present Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie February 27–March 2 in Kulas Hall (CIM). These performances are presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Joint Music Program between CIM and CWRU.
Rameau’s sumptuous opera Hippolyte et Aricie takes us into a magical world of heroes and lovers, goddesses and monsters, forest creatures, sailors and hunters. Its rich orchestration and thrilling vocal writing tells a compelling story (based on Racine’s Phèdre) of the young lovers Hippolyte and Aricie, kept apart by their devotion to the goddess Diana, and by Phèdre’s illicit love for her stepson. Co-produced by CIM and CWRU, the opera is staged in period style with Baroque dance and a Baroque orchestra.
Pre-opera Conversation |”Monstrous Opera: Rameau’s Hippolyte and the Limits of Musical Expression in Old-Regime France.” The conversation will take place one hour before each performance with Georgia Cowart, professor of music at Case Western Reserve University.
7:30 p.m. | Wednesday, February 27 [Reserve Tickets]
7:30 p.m. | Thursday, February 28 [Reserve Tickets]
7:30 p.m. | Friday, March 1 [Reserve Tickets]
3:00 p.m. | Saturday, March 2 [Reserve Tickets]
All performances include projected English text.
This production is funded in part by a grant from the John P. Murphy Foundation.
The 2018-19 academic year marks the 50th Anniversary of an exceptional partnership between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since 1968, these two distinguished institutions have participated in an integrated music program at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The JMP allows students at both institutions to take advantage of the resources of a major research university as well as those of a leading conservatory.