L’Egisto (1643)

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.

2017 Production Photos

Creative Team

conductor: Eszter Horvath
stage director: Carmen C. 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 CavalliSaturday August 5, 2:00 pm
Wednesday August 9, 7:30 pm
Sunday August 6, 2:00 pm
Saturday August 12, 7:30 pm
La NotteMegan Hayward (ON)Megan Hayward (ON)
L'AuroraMichelle Riley (NS)Catherine Zanon (ON)
CloriKatherine Lerner Lee (USA)Katherine Lerner Lee (USA)
LidioSarah Nadreau (USA)Andrew Pickett (NB)
EgistoJeffrey Smith Edward Larocque (ON)
ClimeneNatalie Harris (USA)Francesca Alexander (ON)
IpparcoAndré Gaudet (NS)André Gaudet (NS)
DemaLandon Westerfield (USA)Landon Westerfield (USA)
VolupiaJilliana Kucey (AB)Veronica Oliver
BellezzaKaela Bosch (ON)Morgan Reid (NS)
AmoreJane Soucy (NL)Kaitlyn Krogh (USA)
VenereSkyler Cameron (NS)Taylor Kendig (USA)
SemeleMichelle Riley (NS)Catherine Zanon (ON)
FedraKaela Bosch (ON)Morgan Reid (NS)
DidoneMegan Hayward (ON)Megan Hayward (ON)
HeroJillana Kucey (AB)Veronica Oliver
ApolloAndrew Pickett (NB)Sarah Nadreau (USA)
Ora 1Catherine Zanon (ON)Michelle Riley (NS)
Ora 2Morgan Reid (NS)Kaela Bosch (ON)
Ora 3Kaitlyn Krogh (USA)Kaitlyn Krogh (USA)
Ora 4Taylor Kendig (USA)Skylar Cameron (NS)

L’Egisto tells the story of two pairs of lovers whose lives have been tampered with by the gods. While Climene and Egisto are separated for a year from their loved ones, Lidio and Clori, the two of them are captured by Venus’ and Amor’s influence. When Egisto and Climene return to the island of Zacynthos looking for their loved once, they find the two united as lovers. Climene’s brother Ipparco, who is obsessively in love with Clori, encourages her wish for revenge. His obsession is held in check by Dema, his friend and loyal mentor. All the while, these affairs are closely observed by Venus and Amor, who try to prevent the former lovers reunion out of spite for anyone in Apollo’s favour, especially Egisto, his grandson.