Bernard Deletre, Lisa Saffer, Drew Winter, Christine Abraham, Christine Abraham, Eugene Perry, Steven Tharp, Christine Goerke, Elaine Bonazzi, David A. Walker, Victor Benedetti, Karen Early Evans, Megan Day Toth
Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra
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CD manufactured in the UK in 1996
Label: BBC Music
Format: CD, Album
Run Time: 77.51 minutes
Płyta używana, jedna ryska, bez wpływu na odtwarzanie.
La Calisto is an opera by Francesco Cavalli from a libretto by Giovanni Faustini based on the mythological story of Callisto.
The opera received its first performance on 28 November 1651 at the Teatro Sant 'Apollinare, Venice, where it drew limited audiences for its run of eleven performances. In the twentieth century it was successfully revived.
The libretto was published in 1651 by Giuliani and Batti. The story combines two myths: Jupiter's seduction of Calisto, and Diana's adventure with Endymion. The plot is somewhat formulaic: Jane Glover has commented on how the librettist had to invent complications to meet audience expectations in the context of Venetian opera.
Faustini, who was an impresario as well as a librettist, rented the Sant 'Apollinare Theatre in 1650. He and Cavalli put on three operas there before his death in December 1651 during the run of La Calisto. The theatre was equipped with complex stage machinery intended to impress the opera audiences with spectacle. However, the eleven performances of La Calisto from 28 November to 31 December 1651 attracted only about 1,200 patrons to a theatre that housed 400.
The manuscript score was preserved in the Biblioteca Marciana, Venice, allowing La Calisto to be revived in modern times. The first person to publish the score was the British conductor Raymond Leppard in 1975. Leppard had arranged the opera for performance at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1970. This production included a number of then-prominent singers including Janet Baker as Diana. It was significant for creating new audiences for baroque opera. However, the way that Leppard had "realised" (as he termed his orchestrations) the opera was removed from the original work. The recording of the Glyndebourne version has been re-released on compact disc.
The United States premiere of the opera was presented in April 1972 for the dedication of the Patricia Corbett Pavilion at the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music. The cast included Barbara Daniels as Diana and Tom Fox as Jove.
In 2008, Jennifer Williams Brown's edition of the score (A-R Editions, 2007) won the American Musicological Society's Claude V. Palisca award (recognizing outstanding scholarly editions or translations).
The story is based on the myth of Callisto from Ovid's Metamorphoses.
- Soloists including Janet Baker, James Bowman and Ileana Cotrubaș, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, LPO, Raymond Leppard (Decca, 1971)
- Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs, Marcelo Lippi, Maria Bayo, etc. (Harmonia Mundi, 1996)
- Glimmerglass Opera, Jane Glover (BBC Music, 1996) - extracts from a live performance
Taken from a live performance, this CD offers an abridged performance of Cavalli's most famous opera. Goodness knows what antic are being acted out on the stage but the audience are obviously (and audibly) loving it. Although Glover is a second class conductor, she manages to keep the music interesting and enjoyable. The cast not only sing superbly but seem to be acting their parts well. The sound is well balanced but it slightly favours the singers.
1 Del Foco Fulminato 3:17
2 Piante Ombrose 5:54
3 Dunque, Che Far Degg'io 1:13
4 Non È Maggior Piacere 1:23
5 Chi Non Ti Crederebbè 2:50
6 Improvisi Stupori 2:05
7 Ohimè, Vedo Il Mio Bene 4:23
8 Piacere Maggiore Havere Non Può 3:12
9 Piangete, Sospirate, Luci Dolenti 1:52
10 Interprete Mal Buona Son 2:05
11 Ninfa Bella 2:53
12 Numi Selvatici 3:57
13 Lucidissima Face 2:20
14 Candidi Corridori 7:54
15 Da Le Gelose Mie Cure 1:21
16 Scorgate, Anco Scorgate 3:26
17 Calisto, Anima, Mia? 1:40
18 Trar Da Quelle Vaghezze 1:12
19 Ululi, Frema, E Strida 1:27
20 Mercurio, Chi Disfoga 1:01
21 Se Tu Nol Credi 0:49
22 Fermati, Ó Mobile 2:36
23 Restino Imbalsamate 2:18
24 De Le Sponde Tartaree 2:39
25 Racconsolata E Paga 2:49
26 Bella Mia 3:52
27 Che Non L'Ami Volete? 1:58
28 Ti Segua Questo Dardo 2:42
29 Arciera Mia, Discendi 2:27