“In its flowing eloquence and laments of exquisite beauty,
this is a masterwork of the Italian baroque.” 
Mitchell Butel

The Loves of Apollo & Dafne by Cavalli

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 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles


Alexandra Oomens Dafne / Aurora 

Max Riebl Apollo / Titone / Cirilla / Cefalo

Stacey Alleaume Amore / Itaton / Eco / Procris

Jacqueline Dark Morfeo / Venere / Filena / Musa

David Hidden Sonno / Alfesibeo / Pan

Andrew O'Connor Panto / Giove / Peneo

The Loves of Apollo & Dafne Chorus

Orchestra of the Antipodes

Erin Helyard conductor

Mitchell Butel director

Jeremy Allen set designer

Melanie Liertz costume designer

Damien Cooper lighting designer


CITY RECITAL HALL | 20 - 26 MAY 2021

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. 



Pinchgut Opera acknowledges the Gadigal peoples of the Eora nation, the first story-tellers and singers of songs. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. 
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