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Duval: Les Genies ou les Caracteres de l'Amour

Duval: Les Genies ou les Caracteres de l'Amour

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Would you happen to know Mademoiselle Duval, the composer of a single opera, Les Genies, performed nine times in 1736, which was a great success and has never been performed again since its premiere at the Academie Royale de Musique in Paris? A singer and composer, Mademoiselle Duval was the second woman to create an opera there, following in the footsteps of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Although her life remains a mystery, this accomplished harpsichordist, who dazzled audiences by playing continuo at the premiere of Les Genies, wrote a work of entertainment contemporary with Les Indes Galantes, in which each act unfolds a new love story centred on the Geniuses of Water (Les Nymphes), Air (Les Sylphes), Earth (Les Gnomes) and Fire (Les Salamandres). It's a little marvel that Camille Delaforge's curiosity has finally brought us, passionately conducting this rarity of the French repertoire with absolute joy!

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Product Description:


  • Release Date: February 16, 2024


  • UPC: 3760385430232


  • Catalog Number: CVS121


  • Label: Chateau de Versailles


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Composer: Mademoiselle Duval


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Il Caravaggio, Choeur de l'Opera Royal


  • Performer: Camille Delaforge, Marie Perbost, Florie Valiquette, Anna Reinhold