Monday, February 16, 2009

Condensed Calisto and More Italian Opera Gems at Peabody This Saturday, Feb. 21

I'm anticipating other musical events this week; however, posters at the Peabody last Saturday evening caught my eye. The program of the Opera Workshop this Saturday evening was revealed, and I might have to attend. It's a little bit of Baroque and a little bit of Bel Canto, starting with an abridged version of Cavalli's "La Calisto".

Peabody opera workshops are also free. They used to take place on weeknights, but this timing makes this one a little easier to attend. The workshops might have less production frills than a full-blown staging, but don't let that put you off. A workshop of Ravel's "L'Enfant et les sortileges" ("The Boy and the Spells" or "The Bewitched Boy") was among my best memories of the opera season a couple of years ago.

Here is the full program with lovely reproductions of related historical paintings and hints of updated stagings for this performance. They may have simplified the plot of Calisto, but there is still much Baroque gender-bending going on.

In this version of the program from the Peabody's events calendar, you can click on a headphones symbol and listen to a short talk by music director, Adam Pearl. (Pearl is the harpsichordist and conductor for many of American Opera Theater's Baroque productions.)

The performance will be at 7:30pm in Friedberg Hall, the Peabody's main concert hall. (The Friedberg has real caryatids! See if you can spot them.)

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