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La Didone by Cavalli

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

La Didone by Cavalli 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.

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  • Francesco Cavalli, La Didone
    • Prologue
    • Act I.
    • Act II.
    • Act. III


  • Directed by:
    • Olivier Simonnet
  • Venue: Théâtre de Caen (Caen, France)
  • Production date: 2011
  • Recording date: Oct. 2011
  • Duration: 2 h 56 min
  • Production: © CLC Productions – Théâtre de Caen – Les Arts Florissants
  • Available version(s): EN


  • 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
  • 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 guitarist (Sinon, Neptune)
  • Victor Torres | Bass guitarist (Anchises, an old man)

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