Hipermestra: Cavalli and opera’s wonder years
Date: Saturday 8 July
Featuring expert talks, panel discussions and musical previews, our study events are designed to give you an in-depth insight into our Festival 2017 productions and enhance your enjoyment of each featured opera.
9.45am – 10.30am
Complimentary tea and coffee available at the Long Bar.
10.30am – 10.45am
Introduction by Warwick Thompson, Moderator
10.45am – 11.30am
Eloquence, passions, and theatricality in Hipermestra: A princely entertainment for the Medici court with Dr Christine Jeanneret
After being commissioned in 1654, Hipermestra faced several barriers that meant it could not be performed until 1658. This opera left more sources than any other during the 17th century in Italy: a collection of costume drawings, engravings of the stage sets and machines, along with a detailed description. These documents give us precious insights into the theatricality and splendour of a Baroque entertainment, along with a rare glimpse into the singers’ performance of Cavalli’s music onstage.
11.30am – 11.50am
11.50am – 12.50pm
A performance / working rehearsal
Extracts from Hipermestra, with commentary from Staff Director Clemente Ciarrocca with performances by Raphaela Papadakis (Hipermestra), Meili Li (Linceo) and Benoît Hartoin (Harpsichord)
12.50pm – 1.30pm
Panel Discussion chaired by Warwick Thompson with Dr Christine Jeanneret, Clemente Ciarrocca, Raphaela Papadakis, Meili Li and Benoît Hartoin
How to book study events
Places for our study events can be booked online or by telephone +44 (0)1273 815 000 from the dates below:
5 March 2017
Public booking opens online at 6.00pm
Sandwiches and snacks are available from the Long Bar and a full tearoom service is available in Mildmay from 2.00pm. Tables in Mildmay are not pre-bookable. Please contact Leith’s on +44 (0) 1273 812 510 for more information.
Photo: WikimediaCommons/Enciclopedia italiana di scienze, lettere ed arti, éd. Istituto Giovanni Trecani (1931)