Rameau in Paris

The Rameau Project is a long-standing multidisciplinary research project based in the Faculty of Music devoted to the operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764). Led by Dr Jonathan Williams, Director of Music at St Hilda’s College, this project has been supported by, among others, the OUP John Fell Fund, the AHRC and Arts Council England.

The project’s latest manifestation takes place this week at the Paris Opera (Amphithéâtre Bastille) when Jonathan Williams conducts Les fêtes d’Hébé. One of Rameau’s most popular works during his lifetime, this is the first time Les fêtes has been fully staged in Paris since 1770. Calling on typically lavish forces, the performances feature a cast of 11 soloists from the Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris, the choir of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, a large period-instrument orchestra from the Royal College of Music and a dance troupe choreographed by Thomas Lebrun. The production travels to London in early April.

Jonathan Williams’s work with the Rameau Project continues in the autumn when he will be conducting English Touring Opera’s new production of Dardanus.