Dramma musicale in three acts and a prologue by Francesco Cavalli
Libretto by Giacinto Andrea Cicognini. First performed at the Teatro San Cassiano, Venice on 5 January 1649. Version revisited by Alessandro Stradella et Leonardo García Alarcón.
After the memorable Medea by Cherubini, Il Giasonealternates between tragedy and buffoonery, adapting mythological legend to its own ends. The work by Francesco Cavalli, premiered at the Venetian carnival, presents a mosaic of contrasting episodes rich in musical emotion. The most popular opera of the 17th centsury focuses mainly on the loves of Jason and Medea. Cavalli’s music is remarkably evocative. The musica subjugates the drama, and Il Giasone represents the subtle balance between song and speech. Elements of comedy, tragedy and “super-natural” coincide and intermingle. The lamenti by Cavalli are incomparable and represent the climax of the work.
Sung in italian with english and frensh surtitles
|Musical Director||Leonardo García Alarcón|
|Stage Director||Serena Sinigaglia|
|Set & Costumes Designer||Ezio Toffolutti|
|Egeo, re d’Atene||Raúl Giménez|
|*Member of The Young Artists in Residence Troupe|
by Alain Perroux in collaboration with the Association genevoise des Amis de l’Opéra et du Ballet
Tuesday 24 January 2017 6:15PM at the Théâtre de l’Espérance
Broadcast on Espace2
Saturday 18 February 2017 8PM.