Creator: Duboullay, Michel
Description: This is a digital reproduction of the 1688 libretto of the opera "Zephire et Flore" by Michel Du Boullay. The music of the opera is attributed to Louis and Jean-Louis Lully, sons of Jean-Baptiste Lully. It was performed for the first time on March 22, 1688 at the Palais Royale in Paris. The plot, which Du Boullay based on Greek mythology, starts with Borée's lamenting not having won over Flore's love. When Zephire, his rival, enters and speaks aloud of his secret love for Flore, a confrontation ensues between both suitors and Cloris interrupts the heated dispute. Borée asserts that Flore cannot love Zephire, and asks that they call on Cybele to mediate the situation. Flore appears after Borée departs and reassures Zephire that she knows his love is a thousand times stronger than Borée's. Meanwhile, Clytie, who is in love with the Sun, thinks Flore is her rival and because of her jealousy, the Sun chastises and banishes her. Flore is told to seek refuge in the forest. Zephire is told to take to the skies and learn the ways of the gods if he is to achieve his goal of having Flore. Banished in a forest, Clytie is ...
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