Hippolyte et Aricie, RCT 43 - Act III, Scene 1: Cruelle mère des amours
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Les Talens Lyriques, Karina Gauvin, Christophe Rousset
"Hippolyte et Aricie" is the first opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). It was composed on a libretto by Abbé Simon-Joseph Pellegrin and premiered in Paris in 1733. Inspired by the tragedies of Euripides and Racine, the opera tells the story of Phaedra and her incestuous love for her son-in-law Hippolytus. "Cruelle mère des amours" (Cruel mother of love) is one of the famous monologues of this tragic heroine.