“Cuts and other alterations were made to bring “Hippolyte” closer to what was expected. But Stephen Stubbs, the conductor of the Juilliard production and an artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival, said the original 1733 version “represents Rameau’s undigested thoughts about what opera should be.” This is essentially the version Juilliard will perform, in a rare New York performance of one of Rameau’s unforgettably grand “tragédies en musique.”
“‘Hippolyte’ is sort of mind-blowing in the sheer quantity of its creative ideas and even the quantity of notes,” Mr. Stubbs said in an interview. As the composer André Campra, Rameau’s contemporary, observed, “There is enough material in this opera to make 10 of them.””
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