Les Amants magnifiques

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Royal divertissement in which Louis XIV appeared as a dancer, probably for the last time in public. With a libretto by Molière, music by Lully, choreography by Beauchamps, and stage machinery by Gasparo Virgarini, it was staged on 4 Feb. 1670 at St-Germain-en-Laye. It fulfilled the king's aim to include ‘all that theatre might offer’. Dance and mime scenes linked by songs tell the story of two rival princes who, in a pastoral setting, compete to charm a young princess and her mother.

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