Actéon, H. 481

Actéon (Actaeon), H 481 is a Pastorale in the form of a miniature tragédie en musique in six scenes by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, based on a Greek myth. Although the patron and the place of performance remain unknown, the date can be determined with considerable accuracy: 1684. Later it was revised to change the title role from an haute-contre to a soprano, and was renamed Actéon changé en biche. The author of the French libretto is unknown, however the plot is based on a story in Ovid's Metamorphoses: the hunter Actaeon accidentally ... more

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