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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.


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  • The Loves of Apollo & Dafne (1640)

    Music by Francesco Cavalli

    Lyrics by Giovanni Francesco Busenello

    Sung in Italian with English surtitles

  • Alexandra Oomens
    Dafne / Aurora / Procri
    Max Riebl
    Apollo / Titone / Cirilla / Cefalo
    Stacy Alleaume
    Amore / Itaton / Eco / Procris
    Jacqueline Dark
    Morfeo / Venere / Filena / Musa
    David Hidden
    Sonno / Alfesibeo / Pan
    Andrew O’Connor
    Panto / Giove / Peneo


    Orchestra of the Antipodes
    Erin Helyard
    Conductor and Keyboards
    Mitchell Butel