Rebel & Francoeur: Zélindor, roi des Sylphes . Suite from 'Le Trophée'
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First performed at Versailles in 1745, the opera ballet Zelindor is a delightful rococo pastorale which found favour with Louis XV' mistress, Madame de Pompadour, no doubt because its story about a king who loves a commoner reflected her own situati
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Back in the day of Baroque operas the opera house itself was a salon and all classes participated. People went to see and be seen, it was their meeting place as much as it was a place to hear singers and music. This is evident in some passages of "Zelindor" which were obviously intended as BACKGROUND music as then people talked, gambled, wrote and delivered love notes and fluttered from box to box during the performance. This may sound disruptive to us, but it was a way of life at a time when the lights could not be "turned off" for the performance and the public enjoyed it much more than our strict regulations in the theater.