Persée (Perseus)
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully. Tragédie en musique in a prologue and five acts. 1682.
  • Libretto by Philippe Quinault, after Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
  • First performance at the Paris Opéra on 17th or 18th April 1682.

Persée treats the story of Perseus in human terms, his love for Andromeda, who loves him but is betrothed to Phineus, abetted by Merope, who loves Perseus. Medusa is duly killed, and her monstrous progeny appear, before Andromeda is rescued and a happy ending secured.

Lully’s opera provided much that was spectacular in a work that makes full use of the orchestra, now employed also in the accompaniment of solo voices.