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Cavalli : Egisto

Summary

Opera in concert version
  • Thursday June 22nd 2023
  • Royal Opera
  • 8pm | 1h20 without intermission
Accueil Cavalli : Egisto 2023

Cast

Marc Mauillon Egisto

Zachary Wilder Lidio

Sophie Junker Clori

Ambroisine Bré Climène

Romain Bockler Hipparco

Le Poème Harmonique

Vincent Dumestre Conductor

 

Presentation

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.

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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!

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Programme

Francesco Cavalli (1602 – 1676)

Egisto: Excerpts

 

Concert in Italian with French surtitles

The Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles

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2CD CAVALLI – EGISTO

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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!
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