UCOpera welcomes you back after a brief hiatus to our staging of the rarely-performed Rameau’s La Naissance D'Osiris, preceded by a concert of Mozart’s Incidental Music to Thamos, König in Ägypten (K. 345).
The night begins with a rendition of Mozart’s only known incidental music for Thamos, King of Egypt. Thamos has inherited the throne from his father Ramesses, the usurper of the rightful king Menes. Menes is disguised as the high priest, Sethos. Thamos is in love with the priestess Sais, who is secretly Menes’ daughter Tharsis. Following the revelation by Menes as to his true identity, a dramatic plot to betrothe Tharsis to a false-hearted general is thwarted by his death by lightning strike. Menes relinquishes his throne to Thamos, and all is well.
The second half of the night presents Rameau’s La Naissance D'Osiris. The opera opens to a pastoral scene of rejoicing shepherds by Jupiter’s temple. One declares his love, and his shepherdess promises loyalty. More lightning and the shepherds flee, fearing the wrath of Jupiter. The high priest assures them Jupiter is well-pleased with their sacrifices and brings good tidings. Jupiter descends and promises the people peace and the birth of a hero, Osiris. The shepherds continue in their rejoicing, and a shepherdess, Pamillie, sings of love. They dance and praise the God of Love.
Performances: 25th and 26th March 2022 19:30, Bloomsbury Theatre
Approximate running time: 2 hours, including interval.
Concessions (60+, U18): £15
Students + UCL Staff: £9
High priest: Isaac London
Soprano: Anika Jayanth
Alto: Maria Khokar
Tenor: Rafael de Menezes
Bass: Alex Saika
Sung in German. English translation will be in programme booklet.
La grand prêtre de Jupiter: Matthew Gilchrist
Jupiter: Rory Benton
Pamilie: Charlotte Khan
Un berger: William Tallentire
Une bergère: Lottie Craven
Sung in French with English surtitles.
Musical director - Charles Peebles
Choreography Director - Annelise Bucher
Producers - Maya Banerjee, Michele Chan
Designer - Beatrice Frant
Production Manager - Ananya Ashta
Stage Manager - Sharif Khalid
Lighting Designer – Raphael Kastner