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Published on Jan 23, 2009
Ercole amante Francesco Cavalli 1602 1676
Opera in un prologo e cinque atti libretto by Francesco Buti ballet music by Jean-Baptiste Lully
worldpremiere February 7, 1662 Théâtre de la Cour Parijs
Surprisingly, the French court commissioned an Italian composer to write an opera on the occasion of the marriage of Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Spain. Cavalli was charged with depicting the myth of Hercules, Deianira and Iole as an allegorical spectacle, including divine manifestations and allusions to the Sun King. This version of Ercole amante (Hercules in love) allows the hero, having been punished by means of a poisoned shirt, redemption and renewal on Mount Olympus alongside his new bride, the beautiful Hebe. Two years after its intended premiere the work could be seen in its entirety, with ballet intermezzi by Lully. As Monteverdis successor, Cavalli further developed this fledgling genre, giving it a new face as popular entertainment.
premiere 11 January 2009 performances 15 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 January 2009 Het Muziektheater Amsterdam
musical director Ivor Bolton director David Alden set design Paul Steinberg costume design Constance Hoffman lighting design Adam Silverman choreography Jonathan Lunn
orchestra Concerto Köln chorus Koor van De Nederlandse Opera directed by Timothy Brown Martin Wright
Ercole Luca Pisaroni Iole Veronica Cangemi Giunone Anna Bonitatibus Illo Jeremy Ovenden Deianira Anna Maria Panzarella Licco Marlin Miller Nettuno / Tevere / Ombra di Eutiro Umberto Chiummo La Bellezza / Venere Wilke te Brummelstroete Cinzia / Pasitea / Ombra di Clerica Johannette Zomer Mercurio / Ombra di Laomedonte Mark Tucker Paggio / Ombra di Bussiride Tim Mead