This edition contains the great monologues, arias and ariettas that Rameau wrote for basse-taille (the 18th-century equivalent of today’s baritone). The volume, which contains a historical Introduction in German and English, is based on the critical edition of the works “Opera omnia” Rameau (OOR). A short description of the dramatic situation and an English translation of the vocal text precede each number.

The volume contains the baritone arias for the main characters from the following operas:

Anacréon (Anacréon)
Castor et Pollux (Pollux)
Dardanus (Anténor)
Les Fêtes de Polymnie (Zimès)
Hippolyte et Aricie (Thésée)
Les Indes galantes (Bellone, Huascar, Adario)
Naïs (Tirésie)
La Naissance d’Osiris (le grand Prêtre)
Nélée et Myrthis (Nélée)
Les Paladins (Orcan, Anselme)
La Princesse de Navarre (un Français)
Les Surprises de l’amour (Anacréon, Astole)
Le Temple de la Gloire (l’Envie)
Zoroastre (Abramane)

• Detailed historical Introduction (Fr/Eng)
• Well-presented idiomatic piano reduction based on Rameau’s “Opera Omnia”
• Each number is preceded by a brief account of the dramatic situation and an English translation of the vocal text
• Co-edited by the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles and the Société Jean-Philippe Rameau (distributed exclusively by Bärenreiter)