Elena, Cavalli – Opera
Leonardo García Alarcón, Jean-Yves Ruf – Emöke Barath (Elena, Venere), Valer Barna-Sabadus (Menelao), Fernando Guimaraes (Teseo)

Elena at the prestigious Aix-en-Provence Festival: Cavalli's opera staged for the first time in 350 years!

Francesco Cavalli and the librettist-impresario Giovanni Faustini's collaboration gave birth to 10 operas. When he died in 1651, Faustini left several unfinished libretti, among which the opera Elena. Niccolo Minato completed it and a few years later, in 1659, the opera was premiered in Venice. Since then and in spite of its great success, the opera had never been performed anymore... until 2013! The Aix-en-Provence Festival brought back this masterpiece to life with a brand new staging by Jean-Yves Ruf.

The opera is a mythological drama which tells the story of Helen, whose stunning beauty caused passionate troubles...

Picture: Elena, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2013 © Pascal Victor / ArtcomArt.

This program was initially broadcast live from the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence on medici.tv on the 11th of July 2013.

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Leonardo García Alarcón musical direction
Jean-Yves Ruf stage director
Laure Pichat set designer
Claudia Jenatsch costumes
Christian Dubet lightings


Emöke Barath (Elena, Venere)
Valer Barna-Sabadus (Menelao)
Fernando Guimaraes (Teseo)
Solenn' Lavanant Linke (Ippolita, Pallade)
Rodrigo Ferreira (Peritoo)
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (Iro)
Anna Reinhold (Menesto, La Pace)
Scott Conner (Tindaro, Nettuno)
Mariana Flores (Erginda, Giunone, Castore)
Majdouline Zerari (Eurite, La Verita)
Brendan Tuohy (Diomede, Creonte)
Christopher Lowrey (Euripilo, La Discordia, Polluce)
Job Tomé (Antiloco)

Movie director : Corentin Leconte
Musical period : Baroque music
Music genre : Voice

Duration : 02 h 59 min
Location : Théâtre du Jeu de Paume (Aix-en-provence, France)
Recording date : July 11, 2013
Production date : 2013
Production : © Bel Air Media / Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
Available version(s) : IT ST EN