CVS076 - 2CD - Egisto

Cavalli - Egisto

Orchestral colours and storms of the heart are at the centre of this multifaceted composition, a true example of Venetian Baroque opera served by a dream cast!More details


Dramatic fable in a prologue and three acts on a libretto by Giovanni Faustini, first performed at the Teatro San Cassiano in Venice in 1643

Marc Mauillon, Egisto · Ambroisine Bré, Climène
Zachary Wilder, Lidio · Sophie Junker, Clori 
Romain Bockler, Hipparco

Le Poème Harmonique
Vincent Dumestre,

In 1643 in Venice, Cavalli’s new opera caused a sensation among the audience of the Teatro San Cassiano. L’Egisto takes its name from the piece’s main character, an Arcadian shepherd who is misled by an ambiguous inscription into believing his love is lost. A succession of misunderstandings ensues, along with spectacular pieces of music, a scene of madness and a descent into the Underworld for this would-be Orpheus searching for his Eurydice. The sumptuousness of the music, which masterfully illustrates the emotions involved in a love quadrangle, offers Vincent Dumestre and his cast the opportunity to paint with dazzling colours and virtuoso strokes for this first great labyrinth of Baroque sentiment.

Recorded from 17 to 22 March 2021 at the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles.


Booklet French/English/German - Duration: 125'50

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