Pier Fransesco Cavalli was unquestionably the most profilic Italian
opera composer of the seventeenth century, Francesco Cavalli wrote
more than thirty operas. Indeed, his contemporaries so admired
this achievement that they attributed to him several operas by
other composers. Together with his principal librettists, G. Faustini,
G. Busenello, and N. Minato, Cavalli vitalized the musical theatre
through a sympathetic regard for the dramatic scene of the word
and by a flair for creating compelling scenic action.
act 2, scene 9, underworld, amor, semele, fedra, didone, hero
The three Cavalli opera's (la Calisto, l'Ormindo, l'Egisto) I
did with the director Javier Lopez Pinon were all designed on
the same concept. As a trilogy we decided to use the following
components; sub-titels, video, caractures for each role and a
modern way to show baroc-machinery. In this way we tried to convince
the audiance of the fun that is inside these baroc opera's and
their mythological stories.
Plot: The island of Zakynthos, mythological times. Egisto relates
to Climene how he and Clori were captured by Corsican bandits;
Climene says she and Lidio endured a similar experience. Both
are upset at the unfaithfulness of their respective lovers and
go to Amor to seek revenge. When Venus sees that Egisto now has
the means of release, she begs Amor to drive him mad. Egisto meets
Clori, who wishes to have nothing more to do with him. He advises
Lidio to break with Clori since she brings nothing but sorrow.
Climene's brother Hipparco also loves Clori. He encourages his
sister to stab Lidio, but she hesitates, asking the gods to forgive
him. Lidio then appears, declaring his love for Climene is unaltered;
the couples are reunited throug Amor's power.