Stratonice (opera)

"Stratonice" is a one-act "opéra comique" by Étienne Méhul to a libretto by François-Benoît Hoffman, first performed at the Théâtre Favart, Paris, on 3 May, 1792. The plot is taken from "De Dea Syria" ("On the Syrian Goddess", attributed to Lucian) concerning an incident from the history of the Seleucid dynasty which ruled much of the Middle East during the Hellenistic era of the ancient world.

The opera uses copious spoken dialogue and no sung recitative. The title character does not speak or sing until more than halfway through the opera, and has one aria in addition to group singing.

Performance history

"Stratonice" was a popular opera, receiving over 200 performances during Méhul's lifetime.

Roles (with performers at the premiere)

Brief synopsis

Antiochus, the son of King Seleucus, is pining away yet he would rather die than name the cause of his disease to his father. The doctor, Erasistratus, suspects love is behind Antiochus's suffering. He notices that the prince's pulse rate increases when he sees Stratonice, a young woman intended as his father's bride, and further tests confirm his diagnosis. The doctor subtly reveals the truth to the king who is content to relinquish Stratonice to Antiochus to save his son's life and happiness.

Recording

*"Stratonice": Petibon/Beuron/Lescroart/Daymond; Cappella Coloniensis, Corona Coloniensis, William Christie (Erato, 1996)

References

*Booklet notes to the above recording by M.Elizabeth C. Bartlet
*"Stratonice": introduction to the edition by M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet (Pendragon Press, 1997)


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Stratonice — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Stratonice ou Stratonikè est un nom d origine grecque qui peut désigner : Personnalités Plusieurs reines ou princesses de la période… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stratonice — is the name of several ancient Macedonian women:*Stratonice (wife of Antigonus), the wife of Antigonus Monophthalmus *Stratonice of Syria, the wife of Seleucus I Nicator and Antiochus I Soter *Stratonice of Macedonia, the wife of Demetrius II of… …   Wikipedia

  • Ópera francesa — La Comédie Française durante el siglo XVIII. La ópera francesa es el arte de la ópera cantada en francés y que se desarrolla en Francia. Francia tiene una de las tradiciones operísticas más importantes de Europa, con obras de compositores… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Opéra-Comique — This article is about the Parisian opera company. For the London opera house associated with Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, see Opera Comique. For the opera genre, see Opéra comique. Interior of the present day Opéra Comique Coordinates …   Wikipedia

  • Opéra comique — This article is about the opera genre. For the Paris opera company, see Opéra Comique. For the London opera house associated with the premieres of several Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas, see Opera Comique. Opéra comique (plural: opéras… …   Wikipedia

  • Russian opera — A Russian Warrior, Bilibin s costume design for Borodin s Prince Igor , 1930) Russian opera (Russian: Русская опера) is the art of opera in Russia. Operas by composers of Russian origin, written or staged outside of Russia, also belong to this… …   Wikipedia

  • Russian opera articles — The following is a list of Russian opera articles. It provides the names of composers, librettists, opera patrons, directors, companies, theatres, singers as well as opera titles everything that is connected to the topic Russian opera.18th… …   Wikipedia

  • French opera — is one of Europe s most important operatic traditions, containing works by composers of the stature of Lully, Rameau, Berlioz, Bizet, Debussy,, Poulenc and Olivier Messiaen. Many foreign composers have also played a part in the French tradition;… …   Wikipedia

  • The opera corpus — is a list of nearly 2,500 works by more than 775 individual opera composers. Some of the works listed below are still being performed today   but many are not. The principal works of the major composers are given as well as those of historical… …   Wikipedia

  • List of opera librettists — This is an incomplete list of authors who have written libretti for operas. Only librettists with their own articles in Wikipedia are listed. The name of the composer of each opera is also given.List of operas by librettist s last nameAJules… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.