Atys by Jean-Baptiste Lully


'''''Atys''''' (''Attis'') is a ''tragédie en musique'', a type of early French opera, in a prologue and five acts by Jean-Baptiste Lully to a libretto by Philippe Quinault based on Ovid's ''Fasti''. It was premiered on 10 January 1676Most sources give the date of the premiere as 10 January 1675, but Brooks and Buford, April 2005, state it has only been firmly established that this was the first performance which was attended by their Majesties and may not have been the first performance. by Lully's Académie Royale de Musique (Paris Opera) for the royal court at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye and was first performed in public in April at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris. Although this opera was met with indifference by the Parisian audience, it became known as "the king's opera" because of King Louis XIV's love for it. It was repeated for Louis XIV in 1678 and 1682.Isherwood, ''Music in Service of the King: France in the Seventeenth Century'', 219.