The Fondation Etrillard is breathing new life into the opera Echo and Narcissus and showcasing two pieces from its collection of tapestries during an exceptional event on 21 October 2022 at the Versailles Royal Opera.
A popular public figure under the patronage of Queen Marie-Antoinette, Ritter (knight) von Gluck composed what would be his final work, at the request of the Royal Academy of Music, in 1779: Écho et Narcisse (Echo and Narcissus), based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. To resurrect this final piece, which has not been staged for nearly two and a half centuries, the Fondation Etrillard is proud to be supporting the Concert Spirituel, which will reinterpret this work as a concert at the Versailles Royal Opera on 21 October 2022. This exceptional Baroque concert, which will be recorded on a CD for the Château de Versailles Spectacles label, will be conducted by Hervé Niquet.
The event will also provide an opportunity for dialogue on the same theme between music and tapestry art, embodied by two showpieces from the Fondation Etrillard’s collection. They are “Narcisse admirant son reflet”, made circa 1630 from a cartoon by Simon Vouet, and “Écho et Narcisse”, woven at the historic Gobelins tapestry factory in about 1700 from a cartoon by Antoine Dieu. Both of these works will be on public display during the concert at the Royal Opera.