Dramma musicale in three acts and a prologue by Francesco Cavalli
Libretto by Giacinto Andrea Cicognini. First performed at the Teatro San Cassiano, Venice on 5 January 1649. Version revisited by Leonardo García Alarcón.
Sung in italian with english and frensh surtitles
Duration : approx. 3:30 (with one intermission)
One of the most creative baroque musicians of our day, Swiss-Argentine conductor Leonardo García Alarcón and his Cappella Mediterranea explore and innovate with sounds, instruments, vocal styles and pieces that are hardly, if at all, known to the general public. This would be the case for Francesco Cavalli’s Il Giasone, allegedly the single most popular opera of the 17th century but no match for Carmen in our time. Cavalli turns the Greek myth of Jason, Medea and the Golden Fleece into an opera for the libertine, pleasure-seeking city of Venice in 1649, full of comic scenes and heart-breaking laments, mad scenes and sleep scenes, characters in drag challenging inequitable gender roles and questioning political and religious authority. No match for Carmen, really?
|Musical Director||Leonardo García Alarcón|
|Stage Director||Serena Sinigaglia|
|Set & Costumes Designer||Ezio Toffolutti|
|Lighting Designer||Ezio Toffolutti & Simon Trottet|
|Isifile / Sole||Kristina Mkhitaryan|
|Oreste / Giove||Willard White|
|Demo / Volano||Migran Agadzhanyan*|
|Delfa / Eolo||Dominique Visse|
|*Member of The Young Soloists in Residence Troupe|