L'Egisto, a Baroque opera by Cavalli
Sat, Aug 5 at 2pm
This delightful early Italian opera tells the story of two pairs of lovers, who fight to be reunited in spite of the machinations of the gods themselves. Also appearing are allegorical figures, spurned lovers of history and Cupid himself! Our modern-dress production will be full of Instagram moments and humour as the characters struggle to find their true loves and live a more authentic life.
In Italian, with projected English translations. Fully-staged and costumed and accompanied by keyboard and cello continuo.
Francesco Cavalli was one of the great early Baroque opera composers. He wrote L'Egisto near the peak of his tremendously successful career in Venice, in 1643. Unlike other composers of the time, Cavalli didn't write for the courts, but for public opera houses. His works are intimate and beautifully scaled for small spaces and intimate performances.
HSOF would like to thank the Nova Scotia Early Music Society for their generous support of this special opera!
These performances feature talented young singers from across Canada and the United States in town for the 12th annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival, a competitive opera training program. This is an opportunity to hear first class young singers in an intimate venue.
Tickets available with a credit card through TIcket Halifax online or at 902-422-6278, or at The Coast's office in Halifax with cash, debit and credit. If not sold out you can also buy tickets at the door. HSOF Box Office will operate just outside each venue from 45 minutes before stated curtain time. At the door we accept cash, cheques, VISA and Mastercard.
conductor: Ezster Horvath
stage director: Carmen Kruse
stage manager: Amber Sanford
lighting designer: Amber Sanford
vocal and diction coach: Jennifer Farrell
harpsichordist: Brenda Joyce
cellist: Hilary Brown
For details about casts for this performance, please see the HSOF website