André Campra, born in 1660 in Aix-en-Provence, was an organist and a composer. He was ordained a priest in 1678 and was appointed "Maitre de chapelle" in Toulon, in Arles, Toulouse and finally at Notre-Dame de Paris.
Antonia Banducci says that " many of his works include such italianate elements as the ariette, a da capo air characterized by elaborate vocal display, and the composer himself indicated that he sought to mix French 'délicatesse' and Italian 'vivacité'. Nevertheless, Campra's style was repeatedly praised by his contemporaries for its true and natural expression of a text or situation, an assessment that was the hallmark of 'le bon goût' in eighteen-century France."
The premiere of Idoménée - the fifth of Campra's eight tragédies lyriques - took place at the Opera of Paris in 1712. It depicts the tragedy of Idoménée, King of Crete, fated to sacrifice his son to fulfil a vow made to Neptune.
The opera is divided into a Prologue and five Acts. Here is the Scene III of the First Act.