Marc Mauillon Egisto
Zachary Wilder Lidio
Sophie Junker Clori
Ambroisine Bré Climène
Romain Bockler Hipparco
Le Poème Harmonique
Vincent Dumestre Conductor
Concert in italian with french subtitles
Dramatic fable in music in a prologue and three acts to a booklet by Giovanni Faustini, first performed at the Teatro San Cassiano in Venice in 1643.
From 1639 Cavalli directed the Teatro San Cassiano in Venice, the first public opera house in Europe; he became the new star among Venetian opera composers after the success of his Didone in 1641. When he premiered Egisto in 1643, it marked a turning point in the composer's fame: it met with great success throughout the Peninsula. With the librettist Giovanni Faustini, a collaborator as important to him as Quinault had been to Lully, Cavalli fashioned a Venetian opera between scenic profusion, burlesque humour and highly expressive music.
In Egisto, their joint musical fable features Egisto and Climene, as well as Lydius and Cloris, two Arcadian couples whose fidelity in love is tested by capricious gods, provoking a thousand adventures and misunderstandings. Cross-dressing, kidnappings, threats, magical illusions, madness: the powers of the imagination disturb hearts and the most extreme passions unfold in anthological musical scenes. This little-known work was resurrected on stage by Vincent Dumestre in 2012: as an informed connoisseur of Italian Baroque music, and recorded for our collection in 2021. Orchestral colours and storms of the heart are at the centre of this multifaceted composition, a true example of Venetian Baroque opera served by a dream cast!
Thursday 22 June - "15 minutes with" at 7.30pm will take place at the Foyer Royal with Vincent Dumestre, conductor (to be confirmed)
On presentation of your ticket for that evening and subject to availability.
PROGRAMMEFrancesco Cavalli (1602 – 1676)
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