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.
Streaming now for just $20, or $50 to access to all four glorious productions in Pinchgut’s Digital Spring Season.
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
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
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
Pinchgut Opera acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the first story-tellers and singers of songs. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging.