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Scylla et Glaucus (Scylla and Glaucus) is a tragédie en musique with a prologue and five acts, the only surviving full-length opera by Jean-Marie Leclair. The French-language libretto by d'Albaret is based on Ovid's Metamorphoses, books 10, 13 and 14.

Performance history[edit]

It was first performed at the Académie Royale de Musique in Paris on 4 October 1746. It was given 18 times.

Roles[edit]

Role Voice type Premiere Cast,[1] 4 October 1746
(Conductor:)
Prologue
The chief of the peoples of Amathus bass-baritone (basse-taille) Person
A Propoetide[2] tenor (taille)[3] Louis-Antoine Cuvillier
Vénus soprano Mlle Romainville
L'Amour (Cupid)[2] soprano Mlle Cazeau
Chorus: peoples of Amathus, Propoetides. Ballet: peoples d'Amathus
Tragédie (Acts 1–5)
Scylla, a nymph soprano Marie Fel
Témire, Scylla's confidante soprano Marie-Angélique Coupé (or Couppé)
Glaucus, a sea god haute-contre Pierre Jélyotte
Circé, a sorceress soprano Marie-Jeanne Fesch "Mlle Chevalier"
Dorine, Circé's confidante soprano Louise Jacquet
Licas, Glaucus's friend bass-baritone de La Mare (also spelled Lamare or Lamarre)
Divertissements
A shepherd, attracted to Scylla haute-contre[4] La Tour (also spelled Latour)
A sylvan, attracted to Scylla bass-baritone Albert
A coriphée of Circé's followers soprano Mlle Cazeau
Hécate[2] taille[3] Albert
Chorus: shepherds and sylvans, attendants of Circe, sea gods, underworld gods, peoples of Sicily
Ballet: sylvans and shepherdesses (Act 1); attendants of Circe, in pleasant shapes (Act 2); sea gods (Act 3); demons (Act 4); peoples of Sicily (Act 5)

Synopsis[edit]

During the prologue members of a cult in Amathus called the Propoetides are turned to stone for denying the authority of Vénus. The tragédie proper (Acts 1-5) that follows is a love triangle. Circé, the sorceress, loves Glaucus, a sea god, who loves Scylla, a nymph. Circé eventually turns Scylla to stone in the form of the famous rock in the Strait of Messina, beside the whirlpool of Charybdis.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ According to the original libretto: Prologue and Tragedy and Divertissements.
  2. ^ a b c role en travesti
  3. ^ a b According to The New Grove Dictionary, "haute-contre". Both the first Propoetide and Hecate are notated in the tenor clef in the original printed score.
  4. ^ According to The New Grove Dictionary, "tenor". The part is notated in the alto clef in the original printed score.
Sources

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16 news items

 
Philly.com
Sun, 07 Jun 2015 23:56:15 -0700

The ensemble paired the Rameau with music from Jean Marie Leclair's tragedy Scylla et Glaucus, from the same year as Les Fetes. Leclair was a virtuoso violinist; his orchestra was challenged to match his skills. The series of courtly dances made to ...

Philly.com

Philly.com
Sat, 30 May 2015 23:56:15 -0700

Go for baroque The baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare performs selections from Jean-Philippe Rameau's ballet Les Fêtes de Polymnie and Jean-Marie Leclair's opera Scylla et Glaucus at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1616 Locust St., at 8 p.m. Saturday ...

Le Devoir (Abonnement)

Le Devoir (Abonnement)
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:00:07 -0800

Jean-Marie Leclair : Scylla et Glaucus, extraits orchestraux du Prologue et des Actes II, III et V — Ouverture, Sarabande, Air gracieux, Gigue et Passepied ; Loure, 1er et 2e Airs en Rondeau, Passacaille ; 1er Air (Mouvement de Forlane), 2e Air (Gay), ...
 
Broadway World
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:07:30 -0800

... umbrae, terrores"; Rameau's operas Les fêtes d'Hébé, Hippolyte et Aricie, and Les Indes Galantes; Campra's opera Idoménée; Ferrandini's cantata "Il Pianto di Maria," often attributed to Handel; Leclair's opera Scylla et Glaucus; Purcell's opera The ...
 
Broadway World
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:43:50 -0800

... umbrae, terrores"; Rameau's operas Les fêtes d'Hébé, Hippolyte et Aricie, and Les Indes Galantes; Campra's opera Idoménée; Ferrandini's cantata "Il Pianto di Maria," often attributed to Handel; Leclair's opera Scylla et Glaucus; Purcell's opera The ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Sat, 10 May 2014 18:35:04 -0700

... chamber music that is the greater part of his legacy. His output also included a single opera Scylla et Glaucus, the tale of a water nymph and a sea god from Greek mythology that didn't do terribly well at all but is still championed by exponents ...
 
YouTube
Sun, 03 Mar 2013 05:59:27 -0800

Leclair: Scylla et Glaucus (Gardiner) 1/3 - Duration: 51:00. by Luis Macas 2,251 views. 51:00. Jean-Marie Leclair Violin Concertos Vol 3 - Duration: 58:14. by The Gravicembalo 9,805 views. 58:14. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite Overture Piano version ...

Amadeus online

Amadeus online
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:30:00 -0700

C'è molto di Lully, di Armide in particolare, anche nell'unica opera di Jean-Marie Leclair Scylla et Glaucus… Insomma ha influenzato tutto il secolo seguente, il '700». È riuscito con Armide a riguadagnare i favori del Re? «No, non è riuscito nel suo ...
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