Idéale audience

Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (HWV 46a)

Beauty chooses to ignore that existence is finite, preferring to admire herself in the mirror of Pleasure. But Time and Truth constantly remind her that “beauty is a flower that blooms in a day and then dies.” The discussions and arguments of these four allegorical figures provide the young Handel with the material for his first oratorio, composed for a very Catholic Rome on a text by Cardinal Benedetto Pamphili. And the work was immediately a stunning success. The virtuoso arias, brilliant concertos and powerful ensemble pieces showcase a young 22-year old composer in full control of his talent. Indeed, he would use most of the arias composed for this work in his future operas. Since the plasticity and theatricality of the music are liable to inspire an exceptionally moving performance, the Festival d’Aix has entrusted this new production to one of the major directors of our time: Krzisztof Warlikowski. And to serve this flamboyant score, four singers at the height of their powers are directed by Emmanuelle Haïm – a conductor who knows Handel’s Italian works like the back of her hand.

Scriptwriter :
Cardinal Benedetto Pamphili

Director :
Stéphane Metge

Producer :
Produced by Françoise Gazio.
Coproduction Idéale Audience and Festival d’Aix en Provence 
with the participation of France Télévisions, of and Mezzo

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Composer(s) :
Georg Friedrich Haendel

Stage director :
Krzysztof Warlikowski

Work(s) :
Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (HWV 46a)

The Triomph of the Time and the Truth
Oratorio in two parts by Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685 - 1759)
First performed in Rome in 1707

Cast :
Staged by  Krzystof Warlikowski
Conductor : Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra : le Concert d'Astrée. 

Solists :
Sabine Devieilhe : The Beauty
Sarah Mingardo : The Truth
Franco Fagioli : The Pleasure
Michael Spyres : The Time


Date and shoot location :
Filmed at Archevêché on June 23, 29, 2016 in monocam, and July 4, 6 with 7 cameras

Photo credits :
®Pascal Victor artcomart