Performed in the original Italian
An ancient tale of unrequited love unfolds in the magic of candle light... A loose reconstruction of the world’s first opera from 1598 in Central Europe’s first theatre, the Reduta Theatre.
Theorba: Jan Čižmář, Marek Kubát, Richard Závada
Violoncello: Josef Klíč
Positive Organ: Ondrej Olos
World Premiere on 25th June 2011, Mozart Hall, Reduta Theatre
La Dafne is generally thought to be the first opera in history. It was created in 1598 in Florence in the circles of artists that gathered in the Palazzo Corsi. The original music by Jacopo Peri and Jacopo Corsi has not been preserved, with only the libretto based on the myth from Ovid’s Matamorphoses remaining complete until our time. A group of contemporary artists inspired by Corsi’s group’s idea of reviving ancient drama attempted a free reconstruction of this work, and in 2011 it received its world premiere in Brno. In the magical candle light, singers enter with the ancient tale of the unrequited love of the god Apollo for the beautiful nymph Daphne, directly among the audience…