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A burst of Bordeaux brilliance; MUSIC.

Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra introduce us to a spicy slice of life in 18th century France on Sunday when they present Marie Fel: Rameau's Muse at Birmingham Town Hall.

But this glittering diva soprano, born in Bordeaux 300 years ago, unmatched for her artistry, was not only the muse of the great Jean-Philippe Rameau. She also inspired works by de Lalande and Lully, among others, and was the obsession of the besotted Louis XV of France. She also counted Casanova among her lovers, and had three children by three different husbands.

Carolyn Sampson, alumna in English from the University of Birmingham, and an Ex Cathedra graduate who is now herself a superstar on the world stage, sings the music composed for Marie Fel, and Timothy West is the narrator, Louis XV commentating on his shoulder.

Birmingham Town Hall, Sunday, 7.30pm. Details on 0121 780 3333.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:May 9, 2013
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