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chateau Behind-the-Scenes Talk

Dr. John S. Powell of the University of Tulsa prepared the performance score to La Fete du Ruel, piecing together handwritten notes and writings. He will give a free public talk at the Cincinnati Public Library about pre-Revolutionary French opera and composer Charpentier. Learn how music and the arts were used as pawns to curry favor, and what happened to those masterpieces when favor was denied.

7:00pm, June 1, 2016


Huenefeld Tower Room, Cincinnati Public Library Downtown
800 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202



La Fête du Ruel

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7:30pm

First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

Commicharpentierssioned in 1685 by the duc de Richelieu in Honor of Louis XIV, Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s intimate Baroque opera was to have flattered the Sun King and brought the attention of the court to the duke’s newly renovated chateau and gardens. When Louis failed to show, though, the duke was bankrupted and the performance cancelled.

The opera has been awaiting its debut for 330 years. Hear the music that has never been heard in the world before.

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Learn about the history of this work at our blog:

  Who was the 2nd Duke of Richelieu?

   Louis XIV and the Arts

  Charpentier vs Lully

The Opera


Le Reniement de Saint Pierre

Pronunciation of Old French and French Latin

Interview with Grammy winner Aaron Sheehan

More About Our Season!

You’ll Love Our Music

The Catacoustic Consort presents a variety of vocal and instrumental music from Renaissance chamber music to Baroque opera. The finest in Cincinnati chamber music, featuring performances on period instruments and internationally acclaimed guest artists at every concert!


Instruments You’ve Never Seen

Early instruments used in performance include the bass, tenor, and treble viola da gamba, lirone, pardessus de viole, Renaissance cittern, bandora, Baroque flute, lute, theorbo, cornetto, Baroque harp, chamber organ, and harpsichord, among others.

We Teach & Give Back

Catacoustic offers early music workshops and classes, and sponsors an annual Early Music Scholarship used for instruments, training, or early music education.  Scholarship recipients have included performers on triple harp, viola da gamba, recorder, and natural horn.


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