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La Calisto Baroque Comedy Opera by Cavalli


Wed 11 Feb 2015, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Thu 12 Feb 2015, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Fri 13 Feb 2015, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Sat 14 Feb 2015, 6:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Day's Bay Opera Canna House, 24 Moana Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Lawn Chair: $80.00
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Listed by: Rhona Fraser

La Calisto is a sexy comic opera composed in 1651 for the Venetians who demanded spectacle and sensual entertainment from opera. The opera is full of gorgeous music accompanied by a baroque band led from the chamber organ and harpsichord by Howard Moody, an English baroque specialist and conductor. Fine musicians including Anne Loeser, Roger Brown, Ben Hoadley and Kamala Bain, bring a baroque band of strings, recorder, bassoon and guitar to the stage.

A lively production, for this modern English translation, has been created by director Sara Brodie, stilt walkers and actors adding to this Venetian Carnival Extravaganza, with NZ singers and musicians from all over the country and the UK.

There is something for everyone. La Calisto is so theatrical, with 3 satyrs (1/2 goat 1/2 man), the chaste Goddess Diana, Linfea the nymph who sings a whole aria about virginity being overrated, and the cross dressing Jove, the opera definitely has a burlesque quality.

Take the journey to experience an opera that has never before been performed in NZ, a complimentary glass of Seresin wine when you arrive, gates open at 5pm for you to picnic in the garden, or you can order cicchetti, Venetian tapas through La Bella Italia. The audience has proper seats on the lawn provided and the opera will then take place at 6.30 pm. This is a rare opportunity to experience a really cool, Cuba St style opera, in a lovely garden surrounded by native bush and serenaded by tui and kereru. The ferry will run a return trip back to the city for prebooked passengers.