L'Egisto (1643)

by Francesco Cavalli

A delightful rarity: our first 17th century opera, and our first Cavalli!  Gods and lovers clash in a world of artifice.
In Italian, accompanied by harpsichord continuo and violins.

Beautiful early Baroque music combined with a fanciful storyline of gods and lovers. Our modern-dress production will be full of Instagram moments as the characters struggle to find their true loves and live a more authentic life.

Creative Team

conductor: Eszter Horvath
stage director: Carmen Kruse
collaborative harpsichordist: Brenda Joyce
stage manager: Amber Sanford
costume designer: Kelsey Stanger
lighting designer: Amber Sanford
vocal and diction coach: Jennifer Farrell

Performance Dates and Times

Performances at David Mack Murray Studio at the Dal Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax
(dates and times subject to change)
Saturday, August 5, 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 6, 2:00 pm
Wednesday, August 9, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 12, 7:30 pm


Tickets for L’Egisto are $30 for general admission, $20 for student (aged 13 to university) and $5 for children under 13.  Tickets are available in advance online from TicketHalifax.com, in person at The Coast offices, and by phone with credit card at (902)-422-6278 ex. 500. Our box office opens outside the David Mack Murray Studio Theatre in the basement of the Dal Arts Centre from one hour before show time, and any remaining tickets are available to purchase then. At the door we accept cash, cheques and Visa/MasterCard. For more details about buying tickets, see our Ticket Information Page.

Cast List

L'EGISTO by Cavalli  
EgistoEdward LarocqueJeffrey Smith
LidioSarah NadreauAndrew Pickett
IpparcoAndré Gaudet
CloriKatherine Lerner Lee
ClimeneFrancesca AlexanderNatalie Harris
VenereSkyler CameronTaylor Kendig
AmoreJane SouceyKaitlyn Krogh
L'Aurore/SemeleCatherine ZanonMichelle Riley
La Notte/DidoneMegan HaywardAura Margison
Bellezza/FedraKaela BoschMorgan Reid
Volupia/HeroJillana KuceyVeronica Oliver
ApolloAndrew PickettSarah Nadreau
DemaLandon Westerfield

Synopsis of L'Egisto

Egisto was a descendant of the sun-god Apollo. Over a year before the action begins he loved Clori, and she returned his love. While spending time together on the seashore on the island of Delos, they were captured by pirates and sold separately into captivity. Climene, a young woman on the island of Zacynthos, was captured roughly at the same time by the same pirates on the very day of her marriage to Lidio. She was sold to the same cruel master as Egisto. A year later, they have managed to escape and Egisto has escorted Climene back to her home island of Zacynthos, where the main action takes place. They both set to find their original lovers. What they do not know is that the pirates brought Clori to Zacynthos, where she fell in love with Lidio. Climene’s brother, Ipparco, also fell in love with her.

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