The Rameau Project

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 when the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Jonathan gave the première of his Bärenreiter edition of Rameau’s Anacréon (1754). 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, dance workshops in the UK and Paris, numerous radio broadcasts, and the performance with eighteenth-century choreography of three Rameau operas at London’s South Bank, all with Jonathan and the OAE. Jonathan has subsequently run Rameau workshops for postgraduate HIP students at RAM and with gifted musicians on the OAE Experience Scheme. Most recently, Jonathan has conducted 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:
~ The Operas of Rameau: Genesis, Staging, Reception, ed. G Sadler, S Thompson and J Williams. This book, to be published by Routledge this September, features the most up-to-date Rameau scholarship from such internationally renowned Rameau scholars as Sylvie Bouissou, Rebecca Harris-Warrick, Raphaëlle Legrand, Lois Rosow and Graham Sadler.
~ the UK premiere of the revolutionary original version of Castor et Pollux (1737), in Jonathan’s new edition currently in preparation. Part of the new venture ‘Rameau’s Rising Stars: the two versions of Castor et Pollux’, semi-staged performances will be given in Oxford (on 19 February 2022) and around the UK in 2022. More details to follow soon!
~ a guide on performing Rameau’s opera, with a particular focus on approaches to preparing vocal roles.

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