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On this week's WCPE Opera House, we'll travel back to the middle of the seventeenth century for a performance of Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto. Cavalli wrote about 30 operas in total, nearly all of them in Venice. They range from somber, mythological dramas, to bawdy, even raunchy comedies that can still seem a bit edgy even in today's theaters. La Calisto, composed in 1651, falls into the latter category. It wasn't among Cavalli's most popular operas during his lifetime, but by now its combination of brief, catchy musical numbers and an overtly sensuous story line has made it one of his most popular compositions.
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In the Prologue, Destiny (soprano Alessandra Mantovani), Nature (tenor Barry Banks) and Eternity (soprano Maria Bayo) agree to give the nymph Calisto a place among the stars. As the first act begins, Jupiter (baritone Marcello Lippi) descends to save earth from a fire and a drought. He is captivated by Calisto's (Bayo) beauty, but she is determined to remain a virgin. Mercury (baritone Simon Keenlyside) counsels Jupiter to disguise himself as the goddess Diana and to kiss Calisto, which he does. Endimione (countertenor Graham Pushee) is in love with Diana (Mantovani), who cares for him but is sworn to chastity. Calisto greets the real Diana, but the goddess rebukes her for her talk of kisses. The Young Satyr (counter-tenor Dominique Visse) is rejected by Linfea (tenor Gilles Ragon) while Diana rejects Pan (Banks). The Young Satyr is amazed to find Diana encouraging Endimione's love. Calisto confides in Jupiter's jealous wife, Juno (soprano Sonia Theodoridou), who bitterly reproves her husband. Pan attacks his rival, Endimione. Juno transforms Calisto into a bear. Diana saves Endimione from Pan and admits her love for him. Jupiter breaks Juno's spell and makes Calisto immortal.
René Jacobs conducts Concerto Vocale in this 1995 recording.Maria Bayo sings Calisto's Act III aria " Restino Imbalsamate":
This Saturday afternoon (February 13) be sure to listen to WCPE at 1:00 for the Metropolitan Opera's production of Il Trovatore. Verdi’s thrilling drama stars Angela Meade as Leonora, the young noblewoman at the center of the story, and Marcello Giordani as Manrico, the troubadour of the title. Dolora Zajick is the mysterious Gypsy Azucena, and Juan Jesús Rodríguez sings Count di Luna, Manrico’s rival. Marco Armiliato conducts.
Next Thursday evening, February 18, please join us for an encore broadcast of Amilcare Ponchielli's La Gioconda, hosted by the late Al Ruocchio (1937-2007). This 1967 recording features Renata Tebaldi (Gioconda), Carlo Bergonzi (Enzo Grimaldo), Oralia Dominguez (Cieca), Nicola Ghiuselev (Alvise Baldoero), Marilyn Horne (Laura Adorno), and Robert Merrill (Barnaba). Lamberto Gardelli conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Saint Cecilia Academy.
The WCPE Opera House is heard every Thursday evening at 7 o’clock in the Eastern time zone on 89.7 FM in central North Carolina, and we’re streamed Live online at on our Internet page or you can listen on WCPE's Android or iPhone apps.
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