La Calisto

Composer Francesco Cavalli.

Opera in three acts and a prologue (Dramma per Musica) (1651)

recommended for 14 years and older

In Italian. With English and German Surtitles.

Germany's baroque opera capital is doubtless Munich. For anyone seeking to become better acquainted with the rich cosmos of "ancient music" between Monteverdi and Gluck, La Calisto by Monteverdi's pupil Francesco Cavalli is an absolute must and a highlight for audience and ensemble. The "Munich baroque opera dream team", Ivor Bolton and David Alden, take full advantage of the dramatic power of Cavalli's characters and the high expressiveness of his music to bring the gods in this play down to earth, that is to say on the stage. Here they let it all hang out and prove that they are every bit as lustful, pernicious and simple-minded as mortal human beings.