Talpain, Didier – Les Bayadères, or exoticism between Classicism and Romanticism
In several respects – subject, musical treatment, style... – Les Bayadères appears to be situated between two different aesthetics. In its ‘Eastern’ setting, first of all: premièred in 1810, it comes more or less half-way between the often farcical turqueries of the mid-eighteenth to early nineteenth century and the ‘Oriental dream’ of the Romantics.
From the CD-Book Les Bayadères de Catel (Palazzetto Bru Zane, collection Opéra français, 2014). Translation: Mary Pardoe.
- CATEL, Charles-Simon (1773-1830)
- Bayadères, Les (Jouy / Catel)
- Institution – Opéra de Paris