10b Titon et l'Aurore DR Stefan Brion

Staged opera

Titon et l'Aurore


Titon et l'Aurore has been created behind closed doors in the Salle Favart (Opéra Comique) on January 19th, 2021, and offered on free stream on medici.tv. 

This broasdcast was made possible thanks to medici.tv, Mezzo and Fra Prod.

Titon et l'Aurore


Les Arts Florissants

Musical direction





"Mr. Christie’s orchestra sparkles throughout, and their speedy double-time repeats add to the show’s emphatic embrace of fun." The Wall Street Journal
"A star in the cultural darkness, the performance whizzes by without a lull." Olyrix
"The full engagement of every participant, the masterful staging and its images, and the elegance of the musical discourse make it an exemplary production." Diapason
Mondonville’s devilishly seductive opera shines in this deeply inspired interpretation.” Les Echos
"What brilliant music!Télérama
Musical wonderment such that it easily holds the attention for two straight hours.” Forum Opéra
"Conducting this music is like breathing for the Franco-American maestro (...) No one but him feels this score so completely.Transfuge
"Tonight, the celebration of the senses triumphs!”  Bachtrack

At the end of the 90s, Les Arts Florissants honoured Mondonville by recording his Grands Motets. This season, they will be revealing to the public his opera Titon et l'Aurore, an heroic pastoral rarely performed even though it played a decisive role in the Querelle des Bouffons. The work was triumphantly premiered in 1753 in Paris, at the l’Académie royale de musique, and immediately established itself as a model of French opera. As its title suggests, it transports the listener to the Greece of ancient mythology. The shepherd Titon is in love with the goddess Aurora – which suffices to arouse the jealousy of the god Aeolus. Enamoured of Titon who refuses his advances, the goddess Pales takes her revenge by making him age prematurely. The absolute incarnation of love, Aurora  swears to be faithful to Titon forever...

A colourful and original show, calling for the first time in the history of the Arts Florissants to the presence of puppets on the stage.

> Hear director Basil Twist talk on the project


Production Opéra Comique - Coproduction Les Arts Florissants | Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles
Film by Fra Prod

Previous dates

Season 2021-2022

Versailles / France
Opéra Royal

  • Saturday, July 9 2022, 7pm
  • Friday, July 8 2022, 8pm
Season 2020-2021

Paris / France
Opéra Comique

  • Wednesday, January 27 2021, CANCELLED
  • Monday, January 25 2021, CANCELLED
  • Sunday, January 24 2021, CANCELLED
  • Tuesday, January 19 2021, CANCELLED - Livre stream on Medici.tv
  • Monday, January 18 2021, CANCELLED

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