Con Opera – Cavalli’s La Calisto

La Calisto

Music by Francesco Cavalli, Libretto by Giovanni Faustini

Join us to celebrate the next generation of opera singers as Sydney Conservatorium of Music present Cavalli’s La Calisto.

For nearly 300 years, this work lay hidden from lovers of music and drama, but this heady score was rediscovered in the 20th century. The poetic libretto and rich score charts the relationships between gods, men and women.

La Calisto wickedly winds Ovid’s Metamorphoses myth of the beautiful nymph Calisto, a follower of the chaste goddess Diana, and the tricks played on her by Jove and his followers. The trials and pleasures of love are explored in Faustini’s hilarious subplots that inspired some of Cavalli’s most lyrical and inventive music.

Brazen, ornate, sly, trilling, and loaded with panache, La Calisto is a nuanced study of desire packaged as a sensuous Baroque romp among the Roman gods.

Sung in Italian

Warning – this production contains adult themes.

Director – Elsie Edgerton-Till
Musical Director – Neal Peres Da Costa
SCM Early Music Ensemble


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Performance Dates


Music Workshop
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
1 Conservatorium Road, Sydney

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