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Wiener Kammeroper

Cavalli - Klebel and Rudolf Hinterdorfer

Gli amori d'Apollo e di Dafne (1640, arr. 1982)

(The Loves of Apollo and Daphne)
Duration: 150 minutes
Opera in a prologue and three acts

Libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello, with German translation by Richard Bletschacher (I,G)

2S,2S(orM),2M,CT,T,5Bar,5B; chorus; ballet 3recorders(III ad lib).2.2.corA.2-,theorbo,lute, harp,2hpd)-strings (variable scoring)
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HYPNOS, god of sleepBass
MORPHEUS, god of human dreamsTenor
ITATHON, god of animal dreamsMezzo Soprano
PANTHEUS, god of inanimate dreamsBaritone
JUPITER, father of the godsBaritone
VENUS, goddess of love and beautyMezzo Soprano
AMOR, son of Venus, god of loveSoprano
APOLLO, god of the sun and singingCountertenor
AURORA, god of the rising sunSoprano (or Mezzo)
TITHONOS, husband of Aurora, a half-godTenor
PAN, god of shepherds and herdsfolkTenor
PENEIOS, a river god, father of DaphneBass Baritone
DAPHNE, a nymph, daughter of PeneiosSoprano (or Mezzo)
PHILENE, a nymph, an older friend of DaphneSoprano
KEPHALOS, beloved of AuroraTenor
PROKRIS, abandoned lover of KephalosMezzo Soprano
CIRILLA, a little old womanTenor
ALFESIBEO, a learned dream readerBass
nymphs and shepherdsChorus

Time and Place
Greece, Ancient times

Aurora, the goddess of dawn, leaves her impotent husband Tithonus to drive Apollo’s chariot. She meets Cephalus, who has abandoned his wife Procris for Aurora. He is jealous of Tithonus, but she reassures him of her love, though she cannot stay with him. Venus sends her son Cupid to punish Apollo, who has offended her. In the forest the nymph Daphne rejoices in her freedom: she wants nothing to do with love. Her friend Philena warns her that life without love is worthless. Apollo, hunting in Thessaly, sees Daphne. Cupid fires an arrow at him, causing him to fall in love with her. Despite Philena’s entreaties she rejects him and begs her father Peneios to save her, but the best he can do is to turn her into a laurel tree. Apollo is heartbroken, but the forest god Pan consoles him by telling him that when he was rejected by Syrinx he made her into a pipe so that he could kiss her whenever he wanted.

Poetic, Romantic

Mythology, Literary

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