Les Bor�ades or Abaris is an opera, or more specifically a Trag�die en musique, in five acts by Jean-Philippe Rameau. The libretto is attributed to Louis de Cahusac. There were no known performances of this opera in Rameau's lifetime, however . The work was in rehearsal in 1763 at the Paris Op�ra, probably for a private performance at the court at Choisy. It is not known why it was abandoned, though many theories have been put forward, including that factions at court fought over it, the music was too difficult, there were subversive plot elements, and that the Op�ra was burnt down in the month of rehearsals. The first known performance of the work was in 1770 in a concert performance at Lille.
The basic plot is that Alphise is in love with Abaris, whose origins are unknown. Alphise is the queen, and by tradition must marry a Bor�ad. There is much confusion and heartbreak, and in the end it turns out that Abaris is in fact a Bor�ad, so they may marry and live in peace.
Graham Sadler. "Les Bor�ades", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed May 20, 2006), grovemusic.com (subscription access).