Love is never a walk in the park. But when Greek gods, river nymphs and mortals burning with passion all meet in the one place together, things are bound to get hot.
In this sensual pastoral fable, drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, worlds collide: heaven meets earth and music becomes magic. Apollo loves Dafne, Dafne loves her space. Titone loves Aurora, Aurora’s got her eye on Cefalo. Amore loves making mischief with them all. Hearts yearn as the sun and moon turn. Cavalli lets his creative genius soar, offering a new vision of opera: an inspired marriage of words and music that reveals the inmost thoughts and feelings of gods and mortals alike. In its bold passion, its flowing eloquence and its laments of exquisite beauty, this is a masterwork of the Italian baroque.
The Loves of Apollo & Dafne by Cavalli
Music by Francesco Cavalli (1640) Lyrics by Giovanni Francesco Busenello
Soprano Alexandra Oomens sings Dafne's entrance "O più d’ogni ricchezza” Act 1 scene 4 from rehearsals of The Loves of Apollo & Dafne by Cavalli.
Pinchgut Opera offers a fresh and modern take on this ancient tale that incorporates our experiences of the past year, and provides a heart-felt and poignant treatise on love and its many facets.
'I just love the Greek gods - they're all totally fallible and screwed up!'
As we look forward to our first opera for 2021 – Francesco Cavalli’s The Loves of Apollo & Daphne, Genevieve Lang tell us the story behind this 'opera for our times' in an article all about Greek mythology that keenly taps into the human condition.