Once Aegeus (Raúl Giménez) hears about his wife’s flight, he decides to follow her – because, despite everything, he actually loves Medea – accompanied by his long-suffering hunchbacked and stuttering servant Demo (Migran Agadzhanyan). Still, if you have a comedy nurse in Cavalli, she’s always after the young men. Stellar CD, as you can probably tell; an essential for any CT aficionado’s collection. David Lim met his Irish wife Joyce Davis, a nurse, while studying at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin in the 1950s and 60s. Cavalli is not the most musical composer, to my ears (I still think his operas are more like sung dramas than proper opera), but he’s one of the most deliciously silly, dramatic and irreverent. Jason (Valer Sabadus) and Aegeus (Raul Gimenez). Hammarström had the best role, as Medea, and she brought power and intensity to her singing. Glover was a BBC governor from 1990 to 1995. Jason (Valer Sabadus) and his mystery lady Medea (Kristina Hammarström). For the last year they’ve been kept kicking their heels while their leader, Jason, diverts himself with a mysterious woman. As Medea’s rival, Aspromonte was a loyal innocent, the purity of her voice backing up her character. This research greatly increased his interest in Gregorian chant. But Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) was right there with the Master in time and place. Jove (Alejandro Meerapfel) and Aeolus (Dominique Visse), Cavalli’s operas have little time for heroes. On the afternoon of the concert, the doorbell rang at the headmaster's house, and I went to answer it. The opera was composed for the Venice Carnival Season of 1668, but first performed 331 years later. Francesco Cavalli's Baroque opera is staged with a cheeky sensibility in Highland Park. As you’ve probably guessed, I went for Sabadus and enjoyed his performance, noting as ever his great gift for comedy and his willingness to make himself look ridiculous. Vocally, however, Sabadus was very slightly off colour when we saw him. In 1990, after a sizeable donation, the Glover Music School[1] was opened at Monmouth School by Jane Glover, in memory of her father. II. I do my best to locate the creators of all artwork used on this site, but sometimes the images have become divorced from their artist information by the time I find them. When this recording was made in 2006, recordings and even performances of the operas of Francesco Cavalli were rare. He’s a weak, vacillating, dreamy creature who only lifts a weapon once in the entire opera, and that’s to threaten a woman. Elena was penned in 1659, and was never performed since. In 2018, her Handel in London: The Making of a Genius, was published, which charts the composer's work as "immigrant musical genius, composer, performer and impresario", placed in the social and political context of London of the time.[9]. And so divine meddling brings a great storm, that blows the Argo off-course, Golden Fleece and all, and washes the Argonauts up on the shores of the Iberus. at the Academy. H has high expectations for Iestyn . [6] On 18 March 2011, she conducted the world première of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's opera Kommilitonen! Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Songs for Nancy: A concert to celebrate Nancy Storace, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adqyQ9AEBms. Perhaps I should mention Dominique Visse’s Delpha here, as an honorary woman. In a neat touch, the orchestra were Cappella Mediterranea and the conductor was Leonardo Garcia Alarcón, who were behind the recording of Elena that did so much to get Sabadus established as a leading man back in the day. After having killed his first wife, he had to perform twelve tasks. Her brother, Richard Glover, served as Master Haberdasher (2015–16). Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Sit back and marvel. Dr Glover has published a 1978 biography of Francesco Cavalli, and included material derived from her doctoral thesis. Ercole amante (Hercules in Love, French: Hercule amoureux) is an opera in a prologue and five acts by Francesco Cavalli.Its Italian libretto is by Francesco Buti [], based on Sophocles' The Trachiniae and on the ninth book of Ovid's Metamorphoses.The first performance took place on 7 February 1662 in the Salle des Machines of the Tuileries in Paris. In December 2013, she became the third woman ever to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera of New York, leading Mozart's The Magic Flute in the production of Julie Taymor; the New York Times wrote, "...Ms. Glover's appearance, and the magisterial performance and nuance she drew from the orchestra, were the news here. But Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) was right there with the Master in time and place. There’s a stark contrast between his weakness of spirit and Medea’s magnificent grandeur. [2] She made her professional debut at the Wexford Festival in 1975 with the first modern performance of Eritrea[3] and joined Glyndebourne in 1979. Of course, much of that may have been deliberate, to underscore the innate comedy of a man playing a woman… and I think part of it is that I just don’t warm to him. He was the son of Giovanni Battista Caletti, organist and maestro di capellaat the cathedral at Crema.As a boy Francesco apparently excelled as a singer in the local choir; Venetian nobleman and governor Federico Cavalli noticed the boy and in 1616 persuaded the elder Caletti to let Francesco accompany him to Venice, where he would see to his musical studies. She did not return to Italy until her husband's death in 1689. The set itself was simple but very effective: a great boulder splits open in answer to Medea’s dark command, revealing the glint of the Golden Fleece within, and the final act took place among billboard trees and bushes, as the characters stumbled through the inevitable last-minute confusions. After reading Music as an undergraduate at St Hugh's College, Oxford, she went on to complete a DPhil on 17th-century Venetian Opera. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. He believes that … A 3.75 if you like…, A splendid message to end on: ‘Make Love Not War’ proclaims the tableau at the final curtain, I know I was taking the piss out of the Three Countertenors CD, but upon listening to it seriously again today, I have to admit Dominique Visse is passable when he’s (a) not a nurse, (b) singing in French, and (c) actually singing, and not speak-singing or lapsing in and out of his CT voice. There on the step, looking for all the world as they did on one of my record sleeves, distinguished, elegant and with the kindliest of eyes, were Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten my hero.". ( Log Out /  Many are difficult to stage, but those who persist, find works that have a good deal of power and were critical to the development of opera as it is known today. Russell exemplifies the “can do” spirit of Haymarket Opera Company. Hope you’re ok otherwise. That's Roberto Cavalli and granddaughter Mariacarla with (from right): son Robin; son-in-law Joseph Aicoviello, daughter Rachele, and granddaughter Maria Eva; wife Eva; and daughter Cristiana with fiancé Francesco Agostinelli. Though I can’t promise that my reaction won’t be the old: “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”. The early baroque period opera, La Calisto by Francesco Cavalli, was based on the myth of Callisto from Ovid's Metamorphoses.The opera premiered on Nov. 28, 1651, at the Teatro Sant 'Apollinare Public Opera House in Venice, Italy. As Jason’s two lovers meet head on, things are about to get messy. Good use was made of the stage, too, although I tired rather quickly of watching lustful old Delpha despoiling yet more young soldiers. Born at Helmsley, Glover attended Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls. But if you also remembered a 340-year-old opera by Francesco Cavalli, called Hercules in Love, go to the head of the class. The book investigates the extent to which the women surrounding Mozart – his mother, sister, wife and his wife's sisters – influenced his development as a composer. He might be thoroughly enjoying himself but, as his fellow Argonaut Hercules tells him, it’s time to move on. 64; "A Midsummer Night's Dream" incidental music), Britten (Les Illuminations; Nocturne; Sinfonietta). His Ercole in Amante shows Hercules as a swaggering, lustful idiot; in Elena, the future king Menelaus spends most of his time in a dress. Her brother, Richard Glover, served as Master Haberdasher (2015–16). Dame Jane Alison Glover DBE (born 13 May 1949) is a British-born conductor and musicologist. I’ve never been a great fan, I admit, and his strength here was very definitely comedy rather than singing, as his voice wavered wildly between (creditable) falsetto and broken chest voice. Although, I’ve just gotten to them singing “My Way”. The music almost always feels to me like second rate Monteverdi. Amidst the glitz and glitter of Versailles’s Opéra Royal, everything was about to hit the fan in a very, very Baroque fashion. Well, my appetite is well and truly whetted. La Didone was premiered in 1641, a year after Monteverdi's Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria and a year before L'Incoronazione di Poppea. In smaller roles, Günes Gürie (Besso) and Taras Berezhansky (Ercole) were both impressive, but didn’t really have enough chance to shine. For her part, she scolds him for womanising his way around her kingdom, teasingly claims that her elderly maid Delpha (Dominique Visse) is his beloved, and then finally outs herself. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. They returned to Penang after marrying. . [7], Glover was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2003 New Year Honours and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to music. facsimile of Francesco Cavalli’s manuscript scores belonging to the Contarini Collection. Eliogabalo was the last surviving work of Cavalli, “the pre-eminent theatre musician of the mid-century” (Carter), the scores of whose almost 30 Venetian operas “shift flexibly between recitative and aria styles, sometimes within only a few bars”.. The third portion of the limelight went to Flores’s Alinda, the classic cheeky maid who sings about how wonderful it is to be able to pick up men and drop them as you please (this Alinda, in a comic touch, was heavily pregnant). Well, if he did, he could’ve taken a page out of his own book and used it more in his signed work as well! [4] She conducted the world premiere of Il Giardino by Stephen Oliver at the Batignano Festival in 1977.[3]. The things we do for art. Sick with love of Jason, she sends Oreste off to find out the latest news, while her maids – led by the spirited Alinda (Mariana Flores) try to jolly her along. As Medea’s rival, Aspromonte was a loyal innocent, the purity of her voice backing up her character. Elena is an opera by Francesco Cavalli, the star composer of 17th-century Venice. It seems that Visse is now the pantomime dame of Baroque operas: if you need a comedy nurse, he’s your man. ( Log Out /  The Yankees signed Cervelli as an international free agent in 2003. "[10] She has been a regular collaborator with choreographer Mark Morris. (English Touring Opera at the Hackney Empire, 14 October 2016) On Friday night it was time for the second opera in ETO’s autumn Baroque trilogy (the first was their Battle of Britain Xerxes).This time we were going back to the mid-17th century for Cavalli’s Calisto, which on the surface is an exuberant pantomime in song about gods behaving badly in the forests of Arcadia. Career He came from a prestigious family; his grandfather, Luigi Einaudi, was President of Italy between 1948 and 1955 and his father, Giulio Einaudi, was a publisher who worked with some renowned authors, such as Italo Calvino and Primo Levi. Forgot to say: are either of you coming to Rinaldo tomorrow? As in Ol’ Blue Eyes. Giasone is no exception. Save me. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. She later described the meeting: "I was beside myself with the prospect of hearing them perform. I should say that I agonised about the rating for this. As ever, Cavalli’s women are particularly strong: I feel compelled to note that both Medea and Hypsipyle are queens in their own right. She has been both principal conductor and principal guest conductor of the Huddersfield Choral Society and continues to work with the choir on a semi-regular basis. Cavalli - The Requiem is the composer's last sacred work, … His Delizie contenti was predictably gorgeous, but I’d like to hear him record it one day when he’s firing on all cylinders. It was so very nearly four stars, but I just felt there were too many issues for me to give it that rating with a clear conscience. If any regular readers still think that Baroque opera is highbrow, serious stuff, I invite you to listen to Giasone’s first major aria. Was it Cavalli? No Youtube clip, sadly, but no doubt that will simply work to increase the anticipation until I can show it to you. Thursday April 9, 2020: New England Conservatory Opera presents La Calisto, Francesco Cavalli's early Baroque opera. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Jason is a figure of mockery: a man ‘effeminate’ in the Baroque sense of the word, whose manly qualities have been diluted through excessive sex with women. Her father, Robert Finlay Glover, MA (TCD), was headmaster of Monmouth School and it was through this connection that she was able to meet Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears aged only 16. Faith, Hope and Charity (2015) is an epic play set in Malta at the start of the Second World War as part of the 2015 Malta Arts Festival. sorry to hear that. She has conducted opera at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Berlin Staatsoper, Royal Danish Opera, Opéra National du Rhin, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, and Teatro La Fenice. She is splendid as she calls upon the fiends of hell, wreathed in smoke and wielding a sorcerer’s staff; ferocious as she encounters her rival; she only feels unconvincing at the end, when the laws of opera require her to forgive and make peace. Apollo (Francesca Aspromonte) and Cupid (Mary Feminear) have already had a spat in the prologue about whom Jason should marry: Apollo champions Medea, who is his descendant; Cupid has already made plans for Hypsipyle. At the end of the interval, however, a spokesman announced that the changing temperature was making his voice unstable and he begged our indulgence. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Cavallo: Bartolomeo Cavallero, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778 with his wife Maria and his six children; Diego, Antonio, Bartolomeo, Maria, Augustina, Andrea, and Louis Cavalli, who were all naturalized in Detroit in 1833. Her hand is also 4Readying Cavalli's Operas for the Stage: Manuscript, Edition, Production. But Jason’s romantic adventures prove harder to shake off than he anticipates, when it transpires that his secret lover is none other than Medea, Queen of Colchis. It was unfortunate that Giménez sang the whole thing as though it were Puccini, with a pronounced bel canto delivery that feels completely foreign in the context of Cavalli’s more austere music. The performances are taking place in an outdoor courtyard of an old box factory, now home to an art gallery in what is billed as “Brooklyn’s Venice,” by the Gowanus Canal, and is produced by Vertical Player Repertory. The male singers weren’t quite as strong as the women. ( Log Out /  He and his wife Paula have two wonderful children and one glorious granddaughter. Of course, Oreste returns with the unfortunate news that Jason has impregnated another woman and scarpered with her. I was also pleasantly surprised by Meerapfel’s Oreste, who was heartsick without losing his dignity, and who provided a sober rallying point amid Hypsipyle’s fluttering handmaidens. I’d spotted something odd in the first half, which I couldn’t identify exactly – my ear knew that it wasn’t perfect but I don’t have the music vocabulary to understand what I was hearing. Naturally, this translated at Versailles into Valer Sabadus lying blindfolded on a rock with his shirt open and his trousers undone. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The most lavish and vast villa of the ancient Rome, the Domus Aurea. 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