Rameau: Hippolyte Et Aricie
Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
The French Baroque opera Hippolyte Et Aricie carries its audience away into a realm of wonders with magnificent dance and choir scenes and the greatest possible multitude of musical forms. Rameau, a French contemporary of Bach and Händel, revolutionized the music of his time with radically novel, sometimes dissonant harmonics, extraordinarily colourful and complex orchestral movements, multifarious rhythms. The artist Olafur Eliasson is responsible for the set and costume design. In his art, he deconstructs natural phenomena and he rethinks them with the help of colour, light, reflections and movement.