Ercole Amante - Francesco Cavalli


Opera in a prologue and five acts to a libretto by Francesco Buti

Premiered in Paris (Tuileries) in 1662


Hercules loves young Iole but is married to Dejanira. Besides, Iole is also loved by their son Hyllus. Venus, who favors love, or Juno, who protects fidelity, who will win?

Hercules in love or love allied to seduction. No more flattering subject could have been chosen to celebrate the wedding of young Louis XIV and the Infanta of Spain. Mazarin mobilized the best Italian artists for this opera in order to spread the image of an irresistible monarchy. Opera was still an Italian art form and prolific Cavalli was its best representative since Monteverdi's death.

The work mingles bigwigs with mythology, emotions with natural and cosmic phenomena. The result, a court ballet, a machine piece and an opera, is perfectly sumptuous and baroque. Sung in Italian, Ercole Amante was hardly understood at the time, and yet it was to inspire a young ballet master named Lully.


Ercole - Nahuel di Pierro

Giunone - Anna Bonitatibus

Dejanira - Giuseppina Bridelli

Iole - Francesca Aspromonte

Hyllo - Krystian Adam

Pasithea Clerica, Terza Grazia, Secondo Pianeta - Eugénie Lefebvre

Venere, Bellezza, Cinthia (prologo) - Giulia Semenzato

Nettuno, Eutyro - Luca Tittoto

Il Paggio - Ray Chenez

Licco - Dominique Visse

Prima Grazia - Marie Planinsek

Seconda Grazia, Primo Pianeta - Perrine Devillers

Terzo Pianeta - Corinne Bahuaud

Prima Aura - Olivier Coiffet

Seconda Aura, a Sacrificatore - Renaud Bres

Ruscello, Busiride, a Sacrificatore - Nicolas Brooymans


Choir and orchestra - Pygmalion


Music direction - Raphaël Pichon

Staging - Valérie Lesort er Christian Hecq

Scenery - Laurent Peduzzi

Costumes - Vanessa Sannino

Lights - Christian Pinaud



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