Francesco Cavalli (1602 - 1676)

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Dramma per musica in one prologue and three acts
Libretto by Aurelio Aureli
First performed on 26 (or le 30) December 1655 at the Theater San Apollinare, Venice
Répétitions d'Erismena - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2017
© Pascal Victor / Artcompress
Leonardo García Alarcón
Stage Director and Lighting
Jean Bellorini
Stage Designer
Jean Bellorini et Véronique Chazal
Costume Designer
Macha Makeïeff
Make-up and hairstyling
Cécile Kretschmar
Stage Director Associate
Mathieu Coblentz
Conductor Assistant and Vocal Coach
Monica Pustilnik
Vocal Coach
Ariel Rychter, Jacopo Raffaele
Music and Language Advisor
Fabián Schofrin
Costumes Assistant
Claudine Crauland
Francesca Aspromonte*
Carlo Vistoli*
Susanna Hurrell
Jakub Józef Orliński
Alexander Miminoshvili*
Lea Desandre*
Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore*
Stuart Jackson*
Clerio Moro
Tai Oney
Jonathan Abernethy*
Cappella Mediterranea
*Former artists of the Académie

New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and its Académie

In coproduction with the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Sappi amico, che a l'amorose brame, un cibo sol non trasse mai la fame

Know, my friend, that one food alone has never satiated the appetites of love.

A king haunted by nightmares, princes as charming as they are flighty, a young woman disguised as a warrior to find her unfaithful lover, a slave who wants to be queen without giving up her lovers – without forgetting the old nurse who dreams of love! The portrait gallery on which Erismena opens promises dizzying romantic intrigue. This work by Cavalli, who had become the most eminent opera composer of his time, seems to have been a huge success following its creation in Venice in 1655, if the large number of productions staged over the following twenty years or so – even reaching as far as England – are anything to go by. Maestro Leonardo García Alarcón, a fervent admirer of Cavalli, joins forces with director Jean Bellorini, poet of the stage and leader of the company, to revive this rarely-performed work. With its wealth of arias and tragicomic situations, Erismena offers a romantic, human kind of opera, in contrast to the mythological works of previous decades. There are no more gods here, or ancient heroes, but kings, princesses, soldiers and slaves carried away by a deliciously convoluted plot in which disguise and hidden identities become the allies of allconquering desire.

Programme (pdf in French)

Friday 7 July 2017
Sunday 9 July 2017
Wednesday 12 July 2017
Saturday 15 July 2017
Sunday 16 July 2017
Tuesday 18 July 2017
Thursday 20 July 2017
Friday 21 July 2017

Prices: 140€, 80€, 55€, 30€
With the Pass : 130€, 75€
Youth Prices: 9€
Children’s discovery offer for all performances, except the opening night
Performance available with season ticket packages and Premium or Prestige offers

3h05 with an interval

Sung in Italian with French and English surtitles