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.
Rinaldo Alessandrini, Robert Wilson – Roberta Invernizzi (Euridice, La Musica, Eco), Georg Nigl (Orfeo), Sara Mingardo (Messaggera, La Speranza) – Teatro alla Scala
Yutaka Sado, Peter Mussbach – Mireille Delunsch (Violetta), Matthew Polenzani (Alfredo Germont)