La Didone, Cavalli – Opera

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor), Clément Hervieu-Léger (staging)

Opera in three acts with prologue, sung in Italian, after a libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello. Premiered in Venice at the San Cassiano Theatre, on March 1st, 1641.

The théâtre de Caen opens its 2011/2012 season with Francesco Cavalli's La Didone, an Italian opera composed in the 17th century. The recreation of this work is a mission entrusted to Les Arts Florissants, under the baton of William Christie, who will then conduct the opera at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. The mezzo soprano Anna Bonitatibus and the tenor Kresimir Spicer will respectively sing Dido and Æneas.

Premiered in 1641 in Venice, La Didone takes its inspiration from Virgilius' Æneid. On the advice of Venus, Æneas leaves Troy, attacked by the Greeks. When he arrives on the shores of Carthage, he meets the Queen Dido and the two young people fall in love. But the gods remind Æneas of his destiny: the creation of Rome. The hero continues on his journey.

A stalwart of the Comédie Française, Clément Hervieu-Léger has collaborated with Patrice Chéreau for Così fan tutte (Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Opéra de Paris) and Tristan und Isolde (Teatro alla Scala de Milan). La Didone is his first opera staging.

This program was initially broadcast live from the Théâtre de Caen on medici.tv on the 18th of October 2011.

Clément Hervieu-Léger stage director
Éric Ruf stage design
Caroline de Vivaise costumes
Bertrand Couderc lighting
Valérie Nègre artistic collaboration
Pierre Judet de la Combe collaboration to the dramaturgy
Rita de Letteriis linguistic advice


Les Arts Florissants
William Christie conductor


Anna Bonitatibus mezzo-soprano (Dido)
Kresimir Spicer tenor (Ænas)
Claire Debono soprano (Venus, Iris, a young woman)
Tehila Nini Goldstein soprano (Creusa, Juno)
Katherine Watson soprano (Cassandra, a young woman)
Mariana Rewerski soprano (Anna, La Fortuna, a young woman)
Xavier Sabata countertenor (Iarba)
Terry Wey countertenor (Ascanius, Amore, a hunter)
Valerio Contaldo tenor (Coroebus, Aeolus, a hunter)
Joseph Cornwell tenor (Hecate, Neoptolemus)
Maria Streijffert contralto (Hecuba)
Mathias Vidal tenor (Illion, Mercury)
Francisco Javier Borda bass guitare (Sinon, Neptune)
Victor Torres bass guitare (Anchises, an old man)

Movie director : Olivier Simonnet
Musical period : Baroque music
Music genre : Voice

Duration : 02 h 56 min
Location : Théâtre de Caen (Caen, France)
Recording date : Oct. 2011
Production date : 2011
Production : © CLC Productions – Théâtre de Caen – Les Arts Florissants
Available version(s) : IT ST FR



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