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City Recital Hall
2 Angel Place, Sydney

Running time

approximately 3 hours including interval


Sung in Italian with English surtitles


The Loves of Apollo & Dafne (1640)
Music by Francesco Cavalli
Lyrics by Giovanni Francesco Busenello

Love is never a walk in the park.
But when Greek gods, river nymphs and mortals burning with passion all meet in one, things are bound to get hot.

In this sensual pastoral fable, drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, worlds collide: heaven meets earth and music becomes magic. Apollo loves Dafne, Dafne loves her space. Titone loves Aurora, Aurora’s got her eye on Cefalo. Amore loves making mischief with them all. Hearts yearn as the sun and moon turn. Cavalli lets his creative genius soar, offering a new vision of opera: an inspired marriage of words and music that reveals the inmost thoughts and feelings of gods and mortals alike. In its bold passion, its flowing eloquence and its laments of exquisite beauty, this is a masterwork of the Italian baroque.

Cast & Creative

Conductor and keyboards
Erin Helyard
Mitchell Butel
Set Designer
Jeremy Allen
Costume Designer
Melanie Liertz
Lighting Designer
Alexander Berlage
Dafne / Aurora
Alexandra Oomens
Apollo / Titone / Cirilla / Cefalo
Max Riebl
Amore / Itaton / Eco / Procris
Stacey Alleaume
Morfeo / Venere / Filena / Musa
Jacqueline Dark
Sonno / Alfesibeo / Pan
David Hidden
Panto / Giove / Peneo
Andrew O'Connor

Orchestra of the Antipodes