His eye for stories rarely falls flat and this production of Giasone does credit to his playful and tongue-in-cheek score. That's Roberto Cavalli and granddaughter Mariacarla with (from right): son Robin; son-in-law Joseph Aicoviello, daughter Rachele, and granddaughter Maria Eva; wife Eva; and daughter Cristiana with fiancé Francesco Agostinelli. Giasone is no exception. Take a look at the Cavalli clan as shot by Patrick Demarchelier. ( Log Out / Apollo (Francesca Aspromonte) and Cupid (Mary Feminear) have already had a spat in the prologue about whom Jason should marry: Apollo champions Medea, who is his descendant; Cupid has already made plans for Hypsipyle. I’m also having trouble with Cavalli beyond the (very) amusing nature of his stories. Did I mention that Jason has also given each woman twin sons? facsimile of Francesco Cavalli’s manuscript scores belonging to the Contarini Collection. It’s always great to have an excuse to go to Versailles and spend a few hours in this jewel of an opera house, and it was also wonderful to tick off one more Cavalli opera. David Lim met his Irish wife Joyce Davis, a nurse, while studying at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin in the 1950s and 60s. Jason, astonished, accepts her offer of magical assistance in his quest for the fleece – for Medea is, of course, a sorceress – and then the two lovers plan to scarper, leaving behind Medea’s elderly husband Aegeus, King of Athens (the father of Theseus, for those whom enjoy keeping their myth-cycles straight). As a matter of fact, having so much space suddenly available in the city centre, gave Nero the opportunity to build right on the Colle Oppio the most lavish and vast villa of the ancient Rome, the Domus Aurea.. His Ercole in Amante shows Hercules as a swaggering, lustful idiot; in Elena, the future king Menelaus spends most of his time in a dress. Her hand is also 4Readying Cavalli's Operas for the Stage: Manuscript, Edition, Production. Dame Jane Alison Glover DBE (born 13 May 1949) is a British-born conductor and musicologist. (Opéra Royal de Versailles, 9 March 2018). It seems that Visse is now the pantomime dame of Baroque operas: if you need a comedy nurse, he’s your man. No Youtube clip, sadly, but no doubt that will simply work to increase the anticipation until I can show it to you. Once Aegeus (Raúl Giménez) hears about his wife’s flight, he decides to follow her – because, despite everything, he actually loves Medea – accompanied by his long-suffering hunchbacked and stuttering servant Demo (Migran Agadzhanyan). But Jason’s romantic adventures prove harder to shake off than he anticipates, when it transpires that his secret lover is none other than Medea, Queen of Colchis. Elena was penned in 1659, and was never performed since. Between the three of them, these women kept the stage alight. For her part, she scolds him for womanising his way around her kingdom, teasingly claims that her elderly maid Delpha (Dominique Visse) is his beloved, and then finally outs herself. The set itself was simple but very effective: a great boulder splits open in answer to Medea’s dark command, revealing the glint of the Golden Fleece within, and the final act took place among billboard trees and bushes, as the characters stumbled through the inevitable last-minute confusions. (Remarkably, one of the tamer interpretations.) 64; "A Midsummer Night's Dream" incidental music), Britten (Les Illuminations; Nocturne; Sinfonietta). If one of your images appears uncredited in one of my posts, please get in touch with me and I will gladly add your credit. Huge applause must go to the enterprising Feminear, who as Cupid spent the entire opera in an oversized baby-shaped fat-suit. Of course, Oreste returns with the unfortunate news that Jason has impregnated another woman and scarpered with her. A 1912 neighborhood meetinghouse has been converted … Career Indeed, she comes out of this as the one moulding the story to her own ends. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Cavallo: Bartolomeo Cavallero, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778 with his wife Maria and his six children; Diego, Antonio, Bartolomeo, Maria, Augustina, Andrea, and Louis Cavalli, who were all naturalized in Detroit in 1833. Raum Klang CD RK 3601. The eponymous Jason sprawls in a love-fuelled stupor and sings for five minutes about how glorious sex is, but he just can’t manage any more just at the moment and longs only to ‘die’ (ahem) in the lap of his mistress. Yes, my dear CTs, you certainly are doing it your way and my jaw is aching from the silly smile I have on my face. As ever, Cavalli’s women are particularly strong: I feel compelled to note that both Medea and Hypsipyle are queens in their own right. In a neat touch, the orchestra were Cappella Mediterranea and the conductor was Leonardo Garcia Alarcón, who were behind the recording of Elena that did so much to get Sabadus established as a leading man back in the day. I have a new addition for those hallowed halls: Francesco Cavalli’s Ercole Amante, designed for the stage by David Alden. A great treat. In December 2013, she became the third woman ever to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera of New York, leading Mozart's The Magic Flute in the production of Julie Taymor; the New York Times wrote, "...Ms. Glover's appearance, and the magisterial performance and nuance she drew from the orchestra, were the news here. As you’ve probably guessed, I went for Sabadus and enjoyed his performance, noting as ever his great gift for comedy and his willingness to make himself look ridiculous. I should say that I agonised about the rating for this. . She did not return to Italy until her husband's death in 1689. Buy CDs,DVDs online at hbdirect.com: Francisco Cavalli: Ercole Amante / Bolton/Concerto Koln, Netherlands Opera Chorus [2 DVD] Composers: Francesco Cavalli (1602 - 1676) Performers: Anna Bonitatibus Veronica Cangemi Marlin Miller Jeremy Ovenden Anna Panzarella Luca Pisaroni Label: BBC Opus Arte Conductors: Ivor Bolton Ensembles: Concerto Koln Netherlands Opera Chorus - BOA 1020 Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. As Medea’s rival, Aspromonte was a loyal innocent, the purity of her voice backing up her character. Stellar CD, as you can probably tell; an essential for any CT aficionado’s collection. As ever, Cavalli’s women are particularly strong: I feel compelled to note that both Medea and Hypsipyle are queens in their own right. Well, if he did, he could’ve taken a page out of his own book and used it more in his signed work as well!  She made her professional debut at the Wexford Festival in 1975 with the first modern performance of Eritrea and joined Glyndebourne in 1979. There’s a stark contrast between his weakness of spirit and Medea’s magnificent grandeur. I’m fine, thank you – just tired and in need of a few evenings cuddled up at home with a good book! He might be thoroughly enjoying himself but, as his fellow Argonaut Hercules tells him, it’s time to move on. Though I can’t promise that my reaction won’t be the old: “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”. Her father, Robert Finlay Glover, MA (TCD), was headmaster of Monmouth School and it was through this connection that she was able to meet Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears aged only 16. Dr Glover has published a 1978 biography of Francesco Cavalli, and included material derived from her doctoral thesis. After having killed his first wife, he had to perform twelve tasks. So please read this as a high 3.5. I believe H is; I’m not, as am just this minute arriving back in town from a family funeral and need some downtime after a couple of crazy weeks. Forgot to say: are either of you coming to Rinaldo tomorrow? In 2018, her Handel in London: The Making of a Genius, was published, which charts the composer's work as "immigrant musical genius, composer, performer and impresario", placed in the social and political context of London of the time.. Ercole amante (Hercules in Love, French: Hercule amoureux) is an opera in a prologue and five acts by Francesco Cavalli.Its Italian libretto is by Francesco Buti , based on Sophocles' The Trachiniae and on the ninth book of Ovid's Metamorphoses.The first performance took place on 7 February 1662 in the Salle des Machines of the Tuileries in Paris. Dr Glover has published a 1978 biography of Francesco Cavalli, and included material derived from her doctoral thesis. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The performances are taking place in an outdoor courtyard of an old box factory, now home to an art gallery in what is billed as “Brooklyn’s Venice,” by the Gowanus Canal, and is produced by Vertical Player Repertory. Here is him singing Massanet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adqyQ9AEBms. He came from a prestigious family; his grandfather, Luigi Einaudi, was President of Italy between 1948 and 1955 and his father, Giulio Einaudi, was a publisher who worked with some renowned authors, such as Italo Calvino and Primo Levi. (English Touring Opera at the Hackney Empire, 14 October 2016) On Friday night it was time for the second opera in ETO’s autumn Baroque trilogy (the first was their Battle of Britain Xerxes).This time we were going back to the mid-17th century for Cavalli’s Calisto, which on the surface is an exuberant pantomime in song about gods behaving badly in the forests of Arcadia. Delpha (Dominique Visse, in fatsuit) approaches one of her victims. On 29 May 1672, fearing that her husband would kill her, Mancini left Rome accompanied by her sister Hortense Mancini. Sit back and marvel. Francisco Cervelli (born March 6, 1986) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball catcher.He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, and Miami Marlins from 2008 through 2020.. La Didone was premiered in 1641, a year after Monteverdi's Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria and a year before L'Incoronazione di Poppea.  On 18 March 2011, she conducted the world première of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's opera Kommilitonen! Glover was the Music Director of the London Mozart Players from 1984 to 1991. To make matters worse, his fiancee Hypsipyle, Queen of Lemnos, has grown tired of waiting for him and is coming to fetch him home. Here he made a very good job of making a hero unsympathetic, of stripping away the glamour of Jason of Thessaly and letting us see the silly little man beneath. She later described the meeting: "I was beside myself with the prospect of hearing them perform. In 1990, after a sizeable donation, the Glover Music School was opened at Monmouth School by Jane Glover, in memory of her father. It was so very nearly four stars, but I just felt there were too many issues for me to give it that rating with a clear conscience. At the end of the interval, however, a spokesman announced that the changing temperature was making his voice unstable and he begged our indulgence. He doesn’t seem to take himself anywhere near as seriously as many other countertenors do, and that’s refreshing, because he’s quite happy to play the buffoon if that’s what it takes. Just when things look as if they can’t get any more complicated, the gods get involved. Amidst the glitz and glitter of Versailles’s Opéra Royal, everything was about to hit the fan in a very, very Baroque fashion. My latest adventure is as Giove, King of the Gods, in Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto.. The music almost always feels to me like second rate Monteverdi. After the birth of their third son, relations between Colonna and his wife deteriorated for multiple reasons, including his infidelities and her fears of further childbirth. Still, if you have a comedy nurse in Cavalli, she’s always after the young men. Many are difficult to stage, but those who persist, find works that have a good deal of power and were critical to the development of opera as it is known today. They returned to Penang after marrying. Sick with love of Jason, she sends Oreste off to find out the latest news, while her maids – led by the spirited Alinda (Mariana Flores) try to jolly her along. ( Log Out / Thursday April 9, 2020: New England Conservatory Opera presents La Calisto, Francesco Cavalli's early Baroque opera. Approximate Run Time: Cavalli's La Calisto plays in 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission. ( Log Out / Cavalli - The Requiem is the composer's last sacred work, … Glover first conducted at Oxford as a student, in a production of Athalia, and went on to conduct the first performance in modern times of Cavalli's Rosinda for the Oxford University Opera Club in October 1973. When faced with the two women he has dishonoured, in an unholy duo, his reaction is to try to run away. As Jason’s two lovers meet head on, things are about to get messy. Jason (Valer Sabadus) and Aegeus (Raul Gimenez). Vocally, I thought most of the cast were very good. Eliogabalo was the last surviving work of Cavalli, “the pre-eminent theatre musician of the mid-century” (Carter), the scores of whose almost 30 Venetian operas “shift flexibly between recitative and aria styles, sometimes within only a few bars”.. But Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) was right there with the Master in time and place. I thought it was “the bassist”. Sit back and marvel. The opera was composed for the Venice Carnival Season of 1668, but first performed 331 years later. After reading Music as an undergraduate at St Hugh's College, Oxford, she went on to complete a DPhil on 17th-century Venetian Opera. (Her two children by Jason remain unslaughtered here: this is Venetian froth, not Greek tragedy.). Born at Helmsley, Glover attended Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls. La Didone was premiered in 1641, a year after Monteverdi's Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria and a year before L'Incoronazione di Poppea. One of the stars was Agadzhanyan as Demo, partly for his exuberant performance, but also for the sheer command he exercised over his lines: singing Baroque opera is difficult enough without having to ‘stutter’ your music, and he did a wonderful job of singing the clown-sidekick role. Glover attended Haberdashers ' Monmouth School for Girls been rather like a reunion for them all completely.... 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