"What kind of 'Indians' is this all about?” the concert-goer might ask. The American Indians, the original inhabitants of the continent! Paying a visit to Paris in November 1725, Chief Agapit Chicagou and his companions were received by King Louis XV. They also performed their dances at the Théâtre-Italien. In the audience was Jean-Philippe Rameau, who was directly inspired by this experience to compose Les Indes galantes.The Müpa Budapest audience has for years been an enthusiastic witness to György Vashegyi's mission to conquer the French Baroque repertoire, and in particular, the dramatic works of Rameau. Many pieces of superlative quality have been performed already, ranging from Hippolyte et Aricie and Les fêtes de Polymnie to Platée and Naïs. Now it is the turn of one of the composer's most successful works, which was premièred in Paris in 1735. Classified into the genre of opéra-ballet, the piece is light and elegant in tone. Over the course of a prologue and four acts, the work presents four independent stories, each of them conducting the audience to faraway and peculiar surroundings. The first takes place in the Ottoman Empire, the second among the Incas of Peru, with the third moving to Persia before returning to the New World and the lands of the American Indians in the fourth act.
The story in each case - to nobody's surprise - revolves around love, which invariably ends happily. Rameau's exotic subjects gave him the chance to compose extraordinarily colourful and energetic music that was incredibly rich in character; the Purcell Choir and the Orfeo Orchestra's partners on stage are the same internally renowned soloists who have sung, to great acclaim, in previous joint productions by György Vashegyi and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.
Cooperating partner: Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles (CMBV)
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
You may also purchase tickets for this performance using Edenred Ticket Culture & Sport cards and vouchers and Top Premium gift cards, Edenred Gift Gold and Silver cards, as well as Gift and Shopping cards. Your Culture and Gift Erzsébet vouchers, Erzsébet voucher plus card Gift or Culture balance, OTP Cafeteria card culture sub-account balance, Müpa Budapest Gift vouchers, and SZÉP Card leisure balance will also be accepted if you purchase tickets at our ticket offices.
The Müpa Budapest underground garage gates will be operated by an automatic number plate recognition system. Parking is free of charge for visitors with tickets to any of our paid performances on that given day. The detailed parking policy of Müpa Budapest is available here.