Let’s see, the clock is running out on this little project. I like French opera. I like Baroque music. Haven’t watched any French Baroque opera all year? Les indes galantes to the rescue!
This was a recent production by Les Arts Florissants and was absolutely stunning. Bright colors, beautiful voices, imaginative and opulent staging, lots of dancing, everything anyone could ever want from French Baroque opera. Or opera in general, really. The story is blocky and segmented but that was the style of the time. It works. Rameau works. A delightful way to spend…what, 3 hours? Okay, it was a little long but I managed. I watched it spread out over a few days and that worked well.