• Details

    Love conquers all in this tale of a courageous daughter who defies her father to save her husband. This early Baroque opera is a rare gem – join us for its UK premiere.

    Best availability at weekends in May and June.


    A story of loyalty, suffering and redemption

    Hipermestra is one of the 50 daughters of King Danao of Argos, whose twin brother, King Egitto, has 50 sons.

    Danao lives in fear of a prophecy that his life and kingdom will be taken by the lover of one of his daughters. So he commands all his daughters to marry and then kill all the sons of Egitto. 49 daughters obey, but Hipermestra refuses to slay her husband, Linceo.

    Despite the trials and dangers that ensue, courage, love and loyalty triumph.


    A UK first for the Cavalli opera

    Working in 17th-century Venice soon after the world’s first public opera houses opened there, composer Francesco Cavalli had no tradition to follow. He gave his fertile imagination free rein, tinkering with the brand-new art form to create the lively Venetian style of opera, with its melodious arias, sprightly dance rhythms, free-wheeling mythological or historical plots and generous dollops of comedy.

    Like most of Cavalli’s operas Hipermestra wasn’t performed between the late 17th century and recent years. Our performances at Glyndebourne mark its UK premiere and unite conductor William Christie with director Graham Vick.

    Sung in Italian with English supertitles


    Enrich your experience

    Dig deeper into Hipermestra at these extra events for Festival 2017:

    Insider talk
    Inside an orchestra with the OAE, Sunday 4 June

    Pre-performance talk
    Friday 9 June

    Study event
    ‘Hipermestra: Cavalli and opera’s wonder years’, Saturday 8 July

    Archive Gallery exhibition
    Baroque Innovation, 20 May-9 July


    Hipermestra is generously supported by Carol and Paul Collins through Glyndebourne Association America Inc.

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor William Christie
    Director Graham Vick
    Designer Stuart Nunn
    Lighting Designer Giuseppe Di Iorio


    Cast includes

    Hipermestra Emőke Baráth
    Linceo Raffaele Pe
    Danao Renato Dolcini
    Elisa Ana Quintans
    Arbante Benjamin Hulett
    Berenice Mark Wilde
    Vafrino Anthony Gregory
    Delmiro Rodrigo Ferreira

    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

  • Dates and times

    May

    Date Start Long interval Finish Price band
    Sat 20 May 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 2
    Wed 24 May 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 3
    Sat 27 May 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 2

    June

    Date Start Long interval Finish Price band
    Thu 1 June 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 3
    Sun 4 June 3.55pm 5.50pm 8.15pm 2
    Fri 9 June 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 2
    Thu 15 June 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 3
    Sun 18 June 3.55pm 5.50pm 8.15pm 2
    Fri 23 June 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 2
    Thu 29 June 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 3

    July

    Date Start Long interval Finish Price band
    Sun 2 July 3.55pm 5.50pm 8.15pm 2
    Wed 5 July 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 3
    Sat 8 July 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 2