Founded and directed by Jonathan, the Rameau Project is a major multidisciplinary research project devoted to the operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). The Project began in November 2012 with the première of Jonathan’s Bärenreiter edition of Rameau’s Anacréon (of 1754) with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. From this auspicious start has grown a collaboration which has so far given rise to two conferences, the first UK studio recording of a Rameau opera since 1980, numerous radio broadcasts, dance workshops in the UK and Paris, and the performance with eighteenth-century choreography of three Rameau operas at London’s South Bank. Most recently, Jonathan conducted a fully staged productions of Les fêtes d’Hébé at the Opéra de Bastille and the Royal College of Music and Dardanus with English Touring Opera.
Future plans include:
~ a volume for Routlege on Rameau’s life and work, co-edited with Prof Graham Sadler and Shirley Thompson (forthcoming in 2018)
~ a seminar on performing Rameau, 5.30-7.30pm, Friday 2 March, at the JdP, St Hilda’s College, Oxford.
This seminar, given jointly with Dr Jonathan Patterson (Career Development Fellow in French), will explore how the integration of literary and musical analytical techniques can assist our understanding and performance of Rameau’s stage works.