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

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