In recent years, interest in Rameau’s operas has grown enormously. These works are no longer regarded as peripheral by performers and audiences but are increasingly staged in the world’s major opera houses and festivals, while the production of first-rate recordings on CD and DVD continues to flourish. Such welcome developments have gone hand in hand with an upsurge in research on Rameau and his period. The present volume, devoted solely to the composer’s operas, reflects this scholarly activity. It brings together a substantial group of essays by an international team of scholars on a wide range of aspects of Rameau’s operas. The individual essays are informed by a variety of disciplines or sub-disciplines including literature, archival studies, musical analysis, gender studies, ballet and choreography, dramaturgy and staging. The contents are addressed to a wide readership, including not only scholars but also practical musicians, stage directors, dancers and choreographers.

chapter |8 pages


ByGraham Sadler, Shirley Thompson, Jonathan Williams

part I|52 pages

Factions and rivalry

chapter 1|14 pages

A little-known contribution to the Lulliste-Ramiste dispute

Jean Galli de Bibiena's Mémoires et aventures de monsieur de *** (1735)
ByFrancesca Pagani

chapter 2|21 pages

Destouches and Collin de Blamont

Two surintendants in the face of the Ramiste threat
ByFrançoise Escande, Benoît Dratwicki

chapter 3|15 pages

Rameau versus Mondonville

The construction of a post-Lullian musical identity in France
ByThierry Favier

part II|66 pages


chapter 4|17 pages

Jean-Philippe Rameau's Art d'aimer

Music and eroticism in the Age of Enlightenment 1
ByRaphaëlle Legrand

chapter 6|19 pages

The Triumph of Generosity, or ‘Let's make an opera-ballet’

ByRoger Savage

part III|71 pages

Borrowings and creative renewal

chapter 9|18 pages

Recreating Rameau

Jacques-Simon Mangot and his role in Parma
ByMargaret R. Butler

chapter 10|26 pages

An anonymous Messe des morts on themes by Rameau and Mondonville

ByThomas Leconte

chapter 11|13 pages

‘Objet d'étude et de curiosité’

Candeille's Castor et Pollux and its audiences, 1791–1817
ByR. J. Arnold

part IV|101 pages

Production, performance, and criticism

chapter 12|14 pages

The impact of human and material contingencies on artistic creation

The case of Rameau's Les Indes galantes 1
ByLaura Naudeix

chapter 13|13 pages

Staging time and space in Rameau's tragédies en musique

ByLois Rosow

chapter 14|15 pages

Stage sets and music in Rameau's operas

ByRémy-Michel Trotier

chapter 15|21 pages

Do Rameau's dances ‘impose physical movement’? A collaborative exploration

ByHubert Hazebroucq, Rebecca Harris-Warrick

chapter 16|14 pages

Through the Mercure's lens

Mid-eighteenth-century acting styles and vocal aesthetics at the Paris Opéra
ByThomas Green

chapter 17|22 pages

Rameau's operas on disc

ByPatrick Florentin