100 minutes (with intermission)
The first English opera – a work of excellence, a perfect supplementation to the above proposals in view of its inspirations by Lully’s opera music. Its libretto is based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It is a love story of Venus, who has been hit by Cupid’s arrow and falls in love with the hunter Adonis. This love story ends up tragically, in love duets and lamentation, when Adonis dies in the arms of the goddess. A concise work, interwoven with dance suites is an excellent, lyrical example of the English court culture.
The work will be performed by the renowned Dunedin Consort, conducted by John Butt at the harpsichord. It will give us a foretaste of the 15th Misteria Paschalia Festival, at which the Scottish conductor will be in charge of the artistic programme.