Thursday 3 Nov 2016

English Touring Opera – La Calisto


Cavalli’s La Calisto is the Venetian opera par excellence: saucy, fun and bubbly

Timothy Nelson conductor and director
takis designer
Mark Howland lighting director
The Old Street Band
Paula Sides Calisto
George Humphreys Giove
Nick Pritchard Mercurio
Tai Oney Endimione
Catherine Carby Diana
Adrian Dwyer Linfea
Katie Bray Satirino
John-Colyn Gyeantey Pane
Peter Brathwaite Silvanno
Susanna Fairbairn Juno

Cavalli La Calisto

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London, UK. 13.10.2016. English Touring Opera preents LA CALISTO, by Francesco Cavalli, at the Hackney Empire, before embarking on a UK tour. Directed and conducted by Timothy Nelson, with lighting design by Mark Howland, and design by takis. Picture shows: Back row - Paula Sides (Calisto), George Humphreys (Giove); middle row -  Nick Pritchard (Mercurio); front row - Susanna Fairbairn (Juno), Tai Oney (Endimione), John-Colyn Gyeantey (Pane), Katie Bray (Satirino), Adrian Dwyer (Linfea), Peter Brathwaite (Silvanno), Catherine Carby (Diana). Photograph © Jane Hobson.

Cavalli’s La Calisto is the Venetian opera par excellence. Saucy, fun and bubbly, it follows the twin romances of gods Jupiter and Diana with the nymph Calisto and the shepherd Endymion. Inevitably, comic misadventures arise from their thwarted attempts at seduction, and many colourful characters play their part on the way.

La Calisto has turned quite a few heads over the years. Its combination of scandalous behaviour together with its heady score still draws as many gasps now as when it premiered in 1651. For memorable tunes and the light-hearted humour of a classic romantic comedy with just the right amount of naughtiness thrown into the mix, look no further.

ETO’s new production is conducted and directed by Timothy Nelson and features Paula Sides in the title role.

Sung in English with surtitles

Age guidance: 12+ (contains moderate sex references)

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 50 minutes incl. interval

Pre-show talk: 6.15pm. Free to ticket holders. The pre-show talk will take place in E7 at the bottom of D corridor. Directions will be given on arrival.

Thursday 3 Nov 2016

English Touring Opera – La Calisto