During the 1980s, Glover regularly broadcast on BBC Television including hosting the television series Orchestra with Jane Glover in 1983 and Mozart – His Life with Music in 1985. It’s always great to have an excuse to go to Versailles and spend a few hours in this jewel of an opera house, and it was also wonderful to tick off one more Cavalli opera. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Take a look at the Cavalli clan as shot by Patrick Demarchelier. [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. I have a new addition for those hallowed halls: Francesco Cavalli’s Ercole Amante, designed for the stage by David Alden. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It seems that Visse is now the pantomime dame of Baroque operas: if you need a comedy nurse, he’s your man. Raum Klang CD RK 3601. As in Ol’ Blue Eyes. To make matters worse, his fiancee Hypsipyle, Queen of Lemnos, has grown tired of waiting for him and is coming to fetch him home. 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. If any regular readers still think that Baroque opera is highbrow, serious stuff, I invite you to listen to Giasone’s first major aria. 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. Oh goodness, they’ve just started “O sole mio”. 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. So please read this as a high 3.5. "[10] She has been a regular collaborator with choreographer Mark Morris. 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). Did I mention that Jason has also given each woman twin sons? Her hand is also 4Readying Cavalli's Operas for the Stage: Manuscript, Edition, Production. Thus he received a PhD in Music History from Princeton University in 1980, with a dissertation entitled “The Autograph Manuscripts of Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676),” about the life work of an early opera composer. 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. His eye for stories rarely falls flat and this production of Giasone does credit to his playful and tongue-in-cheek score. Once Jason (Sabadus) has been recalled to his duty, he goes to solicit the help of Queen Medea (Kristina Hammarström), little realising that he knows her much better than he thinks. Jason (Valer Sabadus) and his mystery lady Medea (Kristina Hammarström). After the birth of their third son, relations between Colonna and his wife deteriorated for multiple reasons, including his infidelities and her fears of further childbirth. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! ( Log Out /  (Identical to the VE52 text, except for ‘empier’) Christine Jeanneret, in her essay ‘Maria Cavalli: In the Shadow of Francesco’4 identifies the handwriting of this addition as that of Maria Cavalli, Francesco’s wife. sorry to hear that. Francisco Cervelli (born March 6, 1986) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball catcher.He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, and Miami Marlins from 2008 through 2020.. The most lavish and vast villa of the ancient Rome, the Domus Aurea. As a matter of fact, having so much space suddenly available in the city centre, gave Nero the opportunity to build right on the Colle Oppio the most lavish and vast villa of the ancient Rome, the Domus Aurea.. (Her two children by Jason remain unslaughtered here: this is Venetian froth, not Greek tragedy.). Performances are July 8, 10, 14 and 16, all at 8PM. Based on a libretto by Giacinto Andrea Cicognini, Cavalli’s opera was first performed on 5 January 1649 in Venice. 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. She was music director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1981 to 1985. Ludovico Einaudi was born on 23 November 1955, in Turin, Italy. Meanwhile, on the banks of the river Iberus, Hypsipyle (Francesca Aspromonte) pauses with her band of excitable maids and her loyal servant Oreste (Alejandro Meerapfel). Still, if you have a comedy nurse in Cavalli, she’s always after the young men. After having killed his first wife, he had to perform twelve tasks. ( Log Out /  When faced with the two women he has dishonoured, in an unholy duo, his reaction is to try to run away. Amidst the glitz and glitter of Versailles’s Opéra Royal, everything was about to hit the fan in a very, very Baroque fashion. Change ). 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. 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. Canning, Hugh. Cavalli's La Calisto at NEC is presented as part of the Pratt Residency and Performance Series for Early Music, established through the generosity of Life Trustee Harold I. Pratt and his wife, Frances. [5] Since 2002, she has been Music Director of the Chicago ensemble Music of the Baroque. In 1990, after a sizeable donation, the Glover Music School[1] was opened at Monmouth School by Jane Glover, in memory of her father. He believes that … A 1912 neighborhood meetinghouse has been converted … After reading Music as an undergraduate at St Hugh's College, Oxford, she went on to complete a DPhil on 17th-century Venetian Opera. It must have been rather like a reunion for them all. 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. I’m also having trouble with Cavalli beyond the (very) amusing nature of his stories. facsimile of Francesco Cavalli’s manuscript scores belonging to the Contarini Collection. [8], In September 2005, Macmillan published Glover's book Mozart's Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music. Italian composer and singer. He and his wife Paula have two wonderful children and one glorious granddaughter. 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. 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. . I believe H is; I’m not, as am just this minute arriving back in town from a family funeral and need some downtime after a couple of crazy weeks. 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. Of course, Oreste returns with the unfortunate news that Jason has impregnated another woman and scarpered with her. As Medea’s rival, Aspromonte was a loyal innocent, the purity of her voice backing up her character. Just when things look as if they can’t get any more complicated, the gods get involved. Sit back and marvel. 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]. Forgot to say: are either of you coming to Rinaldo tomorrow? She did not return to Italy until her husband's death in 1689. La Didone was premiered in 1641, a year after Monteverdi's Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria and a year before L'Incoronazione di Poppea. 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. I’m fine, thank you – just tired and in need of a few evenings cuddled up at home with a good book! Naturally, this translated at Versailles into Valer Sabadus lying blindfolded on a rock with his shirt open and his trousers undone. Giasone is no exception. (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. Her recordings include Cavalli (La Calisto - extracts), Handel (Messiah; Water Music suites 1-3), Haydn (Symphonies 80, 87, 89, 101, 102, 103, 104; 'Harmoniemesse' and 'Schöpfungsmesse', Mozart (Symphonies 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41; Divertimenti K. 136-K. 138 & Serenade K. 525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"; Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments K361; Requiem K.626), Mendelssohn (Violin Concerto Op. 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. Vocally, I thought most of the cast were very good. Between the three of them, these women kept the stage alight. Dame Jane Alison Glover DBE (born 13 May 1949) is a British-born conductor and musicologist. ... in La Calisto by Francesco Cavalli. He has a very good voice, but the style just seemed completely inappropriate. Glover first conducted at Oxford as a student, in a production of Athalia, and went on to conduct the first performance in modern times of Cavalli's Rosinda for the Oxford University Opera Club in October 1973. 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. But Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) was right there with the Master in time and place. The Yankees signed Cervelli as an international free agent in 2003. Here he made a very good job of making a hero unsympathetic, of stripping away the glamour of Jason of Thessaly and letting us see the silly little man beneath. In addition to my wife Amy Dubinsky, many dear friends and collegues helped me proofreading my writing: Diana Russo, Mary Ella Savarino, Kathryne Fenton, Heather Foote, Stevie Gaza, Katheryn Lawson, et al. at the Academy. Indeed, she comes out of this as the one moulding the story to her own ends. 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. Hammarström had the best role, as Medea, and she brought power and intensity to her singing. 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. Hope you’re ok otherwise. 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. Elena was penned in 1659, and was never performed since. H has high expectations for Iestyn . In smaller roles, Günes Gürie (Besso) and Taras Berezhansky (Ercole) were both impressive, but didn’t really have enough chance to shine. Delpha (Dominique Visse, in fatsuit) approaches one of her victims. I should say that I agonised about the rating for this. One of the stars was Agadzhanyan as Demo, partly for his exuberant performance, but also for the sheer command he exercised over his lines: singing Baroque opera is difficult enough without having to ‘stutter’ your music, and he did a wonderful job of singing the clown-sidekick role. Buy CDs,DVDs online at hbdirect.com: Francisco Cavalli: Ercole Amante / Bolton/Concerto Koln, Netherlands Opera Chorus [2 DVD] Composers: Francesco Cavalli (1602 - 1676) Performers: Anna Bonitatibus Veronica Cangemi Marlin Miller Jeremy Ovenden Anna Panzarella Luca Pisaroni Label: BBC Opus Arte Conductors: Ivor Bolton Ensembles: Concerto Koln Netherlands Opera Chorus - BOA 1020 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. Approximate Run Time: Cavalli's La Calisto plays in 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission. 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. She later described the meeting: "I was beside myself with the prospect of hearing them perform. Career As ever, Cavalli’s women are particularly strong: I feel compelled to note that both Medea and Hypsipyle are queens in their own right. Which of these famous missions was *not* one of Hercules' twelve tasks? But hope it’s good! In 1990, after a sizeable donation, the Glover Music School was opened at Monmouth School by Jane Glover, in memory of her father. And that was something that came across: the sheer fun being had by all. Glover was a BBC governor from 1990 to 1995. 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. They returned to Penang after marrying. Glover was the Music Director of the London Mozart Players from 1984 to 1991. [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. 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. At the end of the interval, however, a spokesman announced that the changing temperature was making his voice unstable and he begged our indulgence. Review of Handel in London: The Making of a Genius. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The male singers weren’t quite as strong as the women. ( Log Out /  Yes, my dear CTs, you certainly are doing it your way and my jaw is aching from the silly smile I have on my face. As Jason’s two lovers meet head on, things are about to get messy. I thought it was “the bassist”. Album Description. She holds a number of honorary degrees from several universities, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and has been the artistic director of opera at the Royal Academy of Music since 2009. Sit back and marvel. The music almost always feels to me like second rate Monteverdi. Francesco Cavalli's Baroque opera is staged with a cheeky sensibility in Highland Park. Born at Helmsley, Glover attended Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls. There’s a stark contrast between his weakness of spirit and Medea’s magnificent grandeur. Russell exemplifies the “can do” spirit of Haymarket Opera Company. II. The dauntless Argonauts came to the shores of Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece, but their heroism has been put on hold. 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. [4] She conducted the world premiere of Il Giardino by Stephen Oliver at the Batignano Festival in 1977.[3]. The Venetian reception and transformation of ancient texts—by Ovid, Virgil, Tacitus, and Diodorus Siculus—form the background for her penetrating analyses of the musical and dramatic representation of five extraordinary women as presented in operas by Claudio Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli, and their successors in Venice: Dido, queen of Carthage (Cavalli); Octavia, wife of Nero (Monteverdi); the nymph … No Youtube clip, sadly, but no doubt that will simply work to increase the anticipation until I can show it to you. 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. 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. A great treat. Her brother, Richard Glover, served as Master Haberdasher (2015–16). His Delizie contenti was predictably gorgeous, but I’d like to hear him record it one day when he’s firing on all cylinders. Here is him singing Massanet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adqyQ9AEBms. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Good use was made of the stage, too, although I tired rather quickly of watching lustful old Delpha despoiling yet more young soldiers. My latest adventure is as Giove, King of the Gods, in Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto.. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 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. Vocally, however, Sabadus was very slightly off colour when we saw him. The opera "Ercole Amante" composed in 1662 by Francesco Cavalli relates Hercules' love life. And Cavalli was a central figure in the evolution of opera, easily the best known and most popular composer of such works in his age. Here, Davide portraying the injured Italian pilot Francesco Cavalli who, after having an emergency landing in Malta, falls in love with the nurse who takes care of him. Cavalli - The Requiem is the composer's last sacred work, … The opera was composed for the Venice Carnival Season of 1668, but first performed 331 years later. 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. 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. 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. Unless of course you subscribe to the theory that Cavalli wrote Pur ti miro, in which case the best of Monteverdi *is* Cavalli? (Remarkably, one of the tamer interpretations.) For the last year they’ve been kept kicking their heels while their leader, Jason, diverts himself with a mysterious woman. 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.". Perhaps I should mention Dominique Visse’s Delpha here, as an honorary woman. Dr Glover has published a 1978 biography of Francesco Cavalli, and included material derived from her doctoral thesis. But Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) was right there with the Master in time and place. 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. When this recording was made in 2006, recordings and even performances of the operas of Francesco Cavalli were rare. Ercole Amante was commissioned by Cardinal Mazarin for the wedding of Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Spain in 1660. He’s a weak, vacillating, dreamy creature who only lifts a weapon once in the entire opera, and that’s to threaten a woman. Jove (Alejandro Meerapfel) and Aeolus (Dominique Visse), Cavalli’s operas have little time for heroes. But if you also remembered a 340-year-old opera by Francesco Cavalli, called Hercules in Love, go to the head of the class. Stellar CD, as you can probably tell; an essential for any CT aficionado’s collection. On 29 May 1672, fearing that her husband would kill her, Mancini left Rome accompanied by her sister Hortense Mancini. 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