VIDEO: A Closer Look: Sophie Daneman on Rameau, ma®tre à danser

In the video below watch as stage director Sophie Daneman comments on the uniqueness of the opera-ballet and the sense of community that she sought to create in Rameau, maître à danser.

Widely considered among the foremost interpreters of early-music for modern audiences, celebrated conductor William Christie and his acclaimed ensemble Les Arts Florissants present two rarely seen pastoral opera-ballets that burst with the sensuous promise of spring. Originally penned by 18th-century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau for the court of Louis XV, these enchanting operatic miniatures, La naissance d'Osiris and Daphnis et Églé, served as both a symbol of the court's opulence and a source of evening entertainment. Rameau, maître à danser ("Rameau, dancing master") is a sublime showcase for Christie's singular brilliance and the ravishing power of baroque music.

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