Télémaque (Destouches)

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Télémaque et Calypso (Telemachus and Calypso), also Télémaque or [French: ou] Calypso, is an opera by the French composer André Cardinal Destouches, first performed at the Académie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opera) on 29 November 1714. It takes the form of a tragédie en musique in a prologue and five acts.

The libretto is by Simon-Joseph Pellegrin. The plot is taken from Les Aventures de Télémaque by François Fénelon, itself adapted from Homer's Telemachy: Telemachus is shipwrecked while searching for his father Ulysses, and resists seduction by the sea-nymph Calypso because of his love for the shepherdess Eucharis. The opera was imitated by a number of other Italian and French versions, including Telemaco (de) by Alessandro Scarlatti and Carlo Sigismondo Capece.[1][verification needed]


  1. ^ Hall, Edith (2008). The return of Ulysses:A cultural History of Homer's Odyssey. JHU. p. 64. Retrieved 4 June 2016.