THE LOVES OF APOLLO & DAFNE

Pinchgut Opera’s brilliant interpretation of Cavalli’s masterpiece, directed by Mitchell Butel translates gloriously to film as it premieres on Pinchgut At Home
SPEND A RIOTOUS AND SAUCY DAY IN THE PARK WHERE WORLDS COLLIDE, HEAVEN MEETS EARTH, AND MUSIC BECOMES MAGIC. 

Pinchgut Opera’s brilliant interpretation of Cavalli’s masterpiece, directed by Mitchell Butel translates gloriously to film as it premieres on Pinchgut At Home.

Pinchgut Opera teamed up with Australian Theatre Live to film the live performances of The Loves of Apollo & Dafne at City Recital Hall in May earlier this year. A stellar cast, featuring Max Riebl as Apollo, Alexandra Oomens as Dafne, Stacey Alleaume (in her sensational Pinchgut debut) and Jacqueline Dark, brought this twisting tale of love among Gods and mortals to life, and wowed the audience by playing the multiple roles demanded by Busenello’s clever libretto.

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The company hits the jackpot again with Cavalli’s The Loves of Apollo & Dafne… its very funny and highly entertaining.
– Limelight, 4 stars
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“….lingering beauty… smooth and smouldering glow…”
- Sydney Morning Herald, 4 ½ stars
THE LOVES OF APOLLO & DAFNE

MUSIC BY FRANCESCO CAVALLI
LIBRETTO BY GIOVANNI FRANCESCO BUSENELLO 
AUSTRALIAN THEATRE LIVE PRESENTS A PINCHGUT OPERA PRODUCTION

The live performance of The Loves of Apollo & Dafne was filmed at City Recital Hall, Sydney in partnership with Australian Theatre Live.

PERFORMERS

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

CAST AND CREATIVES

Erin Helyard  Conductor
Mitchell Butel director
Jeremy Allen set designer
Melanie Liertz costume designer
Damien Cooper lighting designer


Australian Theatre Live is supported by the Australian Government through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund - an Australian Government Initiative. 

Butel has turned Cavalli’s opera upside down, blown it to pieces, giving it imaginative new life and something to say almost 400 years later.
- Australian Arts Review

DIRECTOR'S NOTE


I am so thrilled that Australian Theatre Live and Pinchgut Opera have teamed to film this extraordinary piece, with these extraordinary performers, to share it with the world.

Working on The Loves of Apollo & Dafne was one of the highlights of my life and I was constantly in awe of the talent by which I was surrounded, led by the great Erin Helyard.

I've been amazed by the talented folk at ATL for some years too, having been filmed by them for one of their earlier outings for the Griffin Theatre. I'm so delighted that this production has seen an extension of that collaboration.

How wonderful that new audiences will get to witness this brilliant and life-giving opera in a new, up close and personal form.

- Mitchell Butel, Director

CONDUCTOR'S NOTE


I am so very proud of our production of Cavalli’s The Loves of Apollo & Dafne. It was an unbelievable joy to work with the great Mitchell Butel and the extraordinary cast.

It epitomises everything I love about Pinchgut: an enduring blend of solid behind-the-scenes research as we reconstructed Cavalli’s original doublings (to great hilarity), Pinchgut’s signature exemplary music-making, (with some Helpmann Award worthy performances), and our whimsical and sure-handed approach to updating this production with such colour and wit.

- Erin Helyard, Conductor and Pinchgut Artistic Director

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