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Ève is an oratorio in four parts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Louis Gallet. It was first performed at the Cirque d'été in Paris on March 18, 1875.

The oratorio is a recounting of the story of Adam and Ève. The first part introduces Ève as she is created to join Adam in the Garden of Eden. In the second part, Ève becomes tempted by the forbidden fruit and in the third she brings the fruit to Adam, which they share. In the fourth they are struck by God's curse and are cast out of Eden forever.

The piece is rarely performed today but a recording is available commercially on the Arte Nova label.

Principal characters

  • Ève – soprano
  • Adam – baritone
  • Le Récitant – tenor

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