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Il Giasone
© GTG / Magali Dougados
25 January > 7 February 2017
Opéra des Nations

Il Giasone

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.

New production

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
Giasone Valer Sabadus
Medea Kristina Hammarström
Isifile / Sole Kristina Mkhitaryan
Ercole Alexander Milev*
Besso Günes Gürle
Egeo Raúl Giménez
Oreste / Giove Willard White
Demo / Volano Migran Agadzhanyan*
Delfa / Eolo Dominique Visse
Alinda Mariana Flores
Amore Mary Feminear*
Cappella Mediterranea  
*Member of The Young Soloists in Residence Troupe  


Broadcast on Espace2

Jan 2017
Wednesday 25 |  7:30 pm
Saturday 28 |  7:30 pm
Monday 30 |  7:30 pm
Feb 2017
Wednesday 1 |  7:30 pm
Friday 3 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 5 |  3 pm
Tuesday 7 |  7:30 pm