One of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s most popular works, Les Indes Galantes is a sequence of romantic tales set in exotic locales. When it premiered in 1735, audiences were transported to Turkey and Peru. Soon thereafter, Rameau added Persia to the itinerary, and still later, North America. In Les Indes Galantes – Part IV, the period ensemble Opéra Lafayette presents this final act, in which a Frenchman, a Spaniard, and a Native American vie for the hand of a chief’s daughter. Its score includes music Rameau composed after seeing a dance performance by Native American chiefs who met with King Louis XV in Paris in 1725. The program also includes selections from the rest of the opera.
May 31 at the George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC
June 2 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, New York, NY