Thursday, May 8, 2014

La Calisto


It begins innocently enough with two nymphs singing, swinging and blowing bubbles—until the gods intervene and mayhem ensues. There are transvestites, lusty satyrs, and phalluses galore. There is a blonde bimbo, an ice queen, and a goddess scorned. There is mischief, ribaldry, cuckoldry, tomfoolery, and slapstick. Underscoring it all are Francesco Cavalli’s musical scorings and Giovanni Faustini’s libretto. They named it La Calisto and brought it to life in Venice as early as 1651.
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