The Temple of Glory: Conductor Nicholas McGegan realizes a dream
British-born Nicholas McGegan has been directing San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra since the 1980s (about the time that this interviewer started in radio), and has had many sweet successes during that time in bringing great Baroque works to audiences around the world. One of the sweetest for McGegan happened just a few years ago, when he mounted a production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera, Le Temple de la Gloire (The Temple of Glory). What made this production remarkable, besides the exquisite performance, is that the original manuscript had been in UC Berkeley’s archives during the time that McGegan was busy with the Philharmonia. The music is dazzling, and full of life, humor and emotion. Maestro McGegan shares the story with program director John Pitman.
Rameau: Le Temple de la Gloire / McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra