Marc MAUILLON Egisto
Zachary WILDER Lidio
Sophie JUNKER Clori
Ambroisine BRE Climène
Romain BOCKLER Hipparco
Victoire BUNEL Cinea, Semele
Floriane HASLER Didone, Volupia
Marielou JACQUARD, Venere, Fedra
Eugénie LEFEBVRE Aurora, Amore, Hora prima
Caroline MENG Hero, Bellezza
Nicholas SCOTT Dema
David TRICOU Appolo, La Notte
Le Poème Harmonique
Vincent Dumestre Conductor
From 1639, Cavalli was the director of the Teatro San Cassiano in Venice, the first public opera house in Europe and the 1641success of his Didone made him the new star of Venetian opera composers. When he created Egisto in 1643, this work marked a turning point in the composer's fame: it was a huge success throughout the Peninsula. With the librettist Giovanni Faustini, a collaborator as important to him as Quinault was to Lully, Cavalli fashioned a Venetian opera between scenic profusion, burlesque humour and intense musical expressiveness.
In Egisto, a shared musical fable features Egisto and Climene and Lydius and Cloris, two Arcadian couples whose love and fidelity are tested by the gods’ whims, causing a thousand twists and turns. Cross-dressing, abductions, threats, magical illusions, madness: the powers of the imagination trouble hearts, the most extreme passions unfold in classic musical scenes. This still little-known work was revived on stage by Vincent Dumestre in 2012: he is polishing it anew to record it for our record collection, deploying his expert knowledge of Italian baroque music. Orchestral colours and storms of the heart are at the centre of Egisto and its thousand facets, a prolific example of Venetian baroque opera served by a dream cast!Show in Italian with surtitles in French
Francesco Cavalli (1602 – 1676)
Opera in three acts with prologue on a libretto by Giovanni Faustini, created in 1643 in Venice.
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