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Jean-Baptiste Lully Suggest updates

Giovanni Battista Lulli.

Born Florence, 28 November 1632.

Died Paris, 22 March 1687.

Italian, naturalized French, composer.

Lully arrived in Paris at the age of 13, initially engaged as an Italian tutor. His talent as a musician, composer and dancer was quickly recognised. When Louis XIV at last gained power in 1661, following the death of Mazarin, Lully was already a favourite, and quickly given the most important musical appointments, as well as being awarded French citizenship. He provided the music for many of Molière's plays, and after the playwright's death, in 1673, took to the composition of opera, which dominated his output for the rest of his life.


Operas performed in Scotland are shown in bold:

Les Fêtes de l'Amour et de Bacchus (Paris 1672) (Quinault)

Cadmus et Hermione (Paris 1674) (Quinault)

Alceste, ou Le Triomphe d’Alcide (Paris 1674) (Quinault)

Thésée (St-Germain 1675) (Quinault)

Atys (St-Germain 1676) (Quinault)

Isis (St-Germain 1677) (Quinault)

Psyché (Paris 1678) (Corneille & de Fontenelle)

Bellérophon (Paris 1679) (Corneille)

Proserpine (St -Germain 1680) (Quinault)

Persée (Paris 1682) (Quinault)

Phaëton (Versailles 1683) (Quinault)                                                                                    

Amadis (Paris 1684) (Quinault)

Roland (Versailles 1685) (Quinault)

Armide et Renaud (Paris 1686) (Quinault)

Acis et Galatée (Paris 1686) (Galbert de Campistron)

Achille et Polyxène (unfin; comp Colasse 1687) ()

Roles in Scotland


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