La Calisto
Buy TicketsJuly 17, 20, 23 & 25 • 7:30 p.m.
July 27 • 3:00 p.m.
SCPA’s Corbett Theater

Music by Francesco Cavalli
Libretto by Giovanni Faustini


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Based on a myth from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, La Calisto delights with comic twists fit for Shakespeare and music inspired by the heavens.

Jove, ruler of the gods, sets his sights on the beautiful nymph Calisto. But she—a devotee of the goddess Diana—is sworn to die a virgin. Undeterred, Jove hatches a plan to wend his way into her heart (and her bed) by donning a Diana-like disguise. But when Jove’s wife catches wind of the scheme, neither god nor mortal can know how far her fury will go.

THE OPERA
With its “combination of catchy musical numbers” and “overtly sensuous storyline” (NPR), La Calisto is a charming Baroque gem. It’s presented here in a new production, our second at SCPA’s intimate Corbett Theater, conceived by the same team behind our nearly sold-out showing of Galileo Galilei (2013). An international cast joins the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the early music ensemble Catacoustic Consort in realizing Cavalli’s colorful and exhilarating score.

Contains adult humor and situations. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

 

Nathalie-Paulin-sized Michael-Maniaci-sized Jennifer-Johnson-Cano-sized Alexandra-Seshorties-sized
Nathalie
Paulin

Calisto
Michael
Maniaci

Endymion
Jennifer
Johnson Cano

Diana
Alexandra
Desho
rties
Juno
Daniel-Okulitch-sized Nathan-Stark-sized Andrew-Garland-sized
Daniel
Okulitch

Jove
Nathan Stark
Sylvano
Aaron Blake
Pan
Andrew
Garland

Mercurio

 

RUNNING TIME
An opera in two acts
The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes (including intermission).

 

Photos: Philip Groshong

IN THE NEWS
7.17.14 Cincinnati Enquirer: Short skirts: Dressing nymphs and satyrs
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7.16.14 WCPO: Summer opera season a drag for CCM alum and La Calisto star Daniel Okulitch
7.15.14 Music in Cincinnati: Cavalli’s La Calisto Cincinnati Opera’s First Baroque Opera
7.15.14 CityBeat: CCM Alums Take on the Baritone Bad Boys of La Calisto
7.13.14 Cincinnati Enquirer: The Love of La Calisto
7.11.14 WVXU: A Preview of the Cincinnati Opera’s first production of La Calisto
7.1.14 Express Cincinnati: Opera’s first venture into Baroque a mythical ‘bawdy romp’
6.6.14 Cincinnati Enquirer: Fun Facts: Guide to this summer’s Opera season
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5.25.14 CET Connect: Showcase with Barbara Kellar: Evans Mirageas discusses the 2014 season

REVIEWS
“A terrific cast, inventive staging by Ted Huffman and a wondrous set design by David Centers made for an entertaining evening…” -Cincinnati Enquirer
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La Calisto is Cincinnati Opera’s first Baroque opera and they couldn’t have made a better choice…” -CityBeat
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“…gods, woodland creatures and humans join their voices movingly, to the utter delight of jaded 21st-century ears.” -Seen and Heard International
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“…a mock-serious tale told with great humor and full of fine singing made La Calisto a very memorable opera experience.” -Oakwood Register
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La Calisto was one of the most enjoyable productions in recent seasons at Cincinnati Opera…” -Music in Cincinnati
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“…performed with gusto by a cast of adept equilibrists…” -Jay Harvey Upstage
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