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23 Jan 2024

Did you know? Les fêtes de Paphos

Les fêtes de Paphos (The Festivals of Paphos) is an opera-ballet in three acts by the French composer Jean-Joseph Cassanea de Mondonville composed for Madame de Pompadour’s Théâtre des Petits Cabinets in 1758.

"Reunited on the island of Paphos, Venus, Bacchus and Cupid decide to enliven their leisure in such a pleasant location by celebrating their first loves” Les fêtes de Paphos was first performed at the Academie royale de Musique in Paris on 9 May 1758 and was a popular success. Mondonville recycled material from two of his previous operas for the first two acts, namely Erigone (1747) and Vénus et Adonis (1752).

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