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Hellé (Helle) is an opera by the French composer Étienne-Joseph Floquet, first performed at the Académie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opéra) on 5 January 1779. It takes the form of a tragédie lyrique in three acts. The libretto, by Pierre Lemonnier, is based on the Greek myth of Helle. At this time, there was little demand for operas by native French composers (Parisian audiences preferred works by the German Christoph Willibald Gluck or the Italian Niccolò Piccinni) and Floquet struggled to have Hellé staged. When it eventually appeared in 1779, it was booed, despite Floquet's attempt to imitate the style of Piccinni, and ran for only three performances.

Helle (mythology)

Helle (; ), sometimes also called Athamantis (Ἀθαμαντίς), was a character in Greek mythology who figured prominently in the story of Jason and the Argonauts. Phrixus, son of Athamas and Nephele, along with his twin sister, Helle, were hated by their stepmother, Ino. Ino hatched a devious plot to get rid of the twins, roasting all the town's crop seeds so they would not grow. The local farmers, frightened of famine, asked a nearby oracle for assistance. Ino bribed the men sent to the oracle to lie and tell the others that the oracle required the sacrifice of Phrixus. Before he was killed though, Phrixus and Helle were rescued by a flying golden ram sent by Nephele, their natural mother. Helle fell off the ram into the Hellespont (which was named after her) and died, but Phrixus survived all the way to Colchis, where King Aeetes took him in and treated him kindly, giving Phrixus his daughter, Chalciope, in marriage. In gratitude, Phrixus gave the king the golden fleece of the ram, which Aeetes placed in a consecrated grove, under the care of a sleepless dragon.

With the Greek god Poseidon she was the mother of the giant Almops and Paeon (called Edonus in some accounts).

Helle (Spüligbach)

Helle is a river of Lower Saxony, Germany.

Helle (Orke)

'''Helle (Orke) ''' is a river of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Helle (name)

Helle is both a feminine given name and a surname. The given name is a Scandinavian variant of the feminine given name Helga. Notable people with the name include:

Given name:

  • Helle Crafts, (1947-1986), Danish murder victim
  • Helle Fagralid, ( * 1976), Danish actress
  • Helle Frederiksen, Danish professional triathlete
  • Helle Klein, Swedish journalist
  • Helle Michaelsen, (* 1968), Danish model
  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark (from 2011)
  • Helle Trevino, Danish IFBB professional bodybuilder
  • Helle Virkner, Danish actress


  • Henri Helle, French archer
  • Veikko Helle, Finnish politician
Hellé (film)

Helle is a 1972 French film directed by Roger Vadim.

The film recorded admissions of 345,984 in France.