The Fall of Troy by Francesco Cavalli
(Act I of the composer's opera Didone)
Francesco Cavalli was the great figure of Monteverdi’s generation, the first generation of opera composers. The performance of their operas requires a small but professional group and only a few solo instruments - which is why they are perfect for us.
Didone’s significance lies in the fact that it probably had a great influence on Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. This is a strongly dramatic piece and one of its characteristics is that it depicts the horrible last days of Troy in a way that was unusually bold for its time, while also beautifully projecting the drama of Aeneas being torn between staying and fleeing. In our performance, Act I of the original piece is developed into an opera of its own, thus emphasizing the modern, almost romantic aspect of this gloomy act.
Photos by Ilona Rosta