Hipermestra: discover the story in two minutes

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Festival 2017 sees the UK premiere of Cavalli’s Hipermestra.

The story starts with King Danao ordering his 50 daughters to kill their 50 husbands on the their wedding night. Intrigued? Our short animation tells the whole tale in just two minutes, or you can read the illustrated story below.

Hipermestra opens Festival 2017 on 20 May and will be on stage until 8 July.


Hipermestra: the illustrated story

An oracle declares King Danao of Argos will be slaughtered by one of his brother Egitto’s 50 sons.

To cheat destiny, Danao weds his 50 daughters to Egitto’s sons. On their wedding night they’re to kill their husbands.


But one daughter, Hipermestra, falls in love.

Choosing to put her father’s life and kingdom at risk, she and her nurse help her husband, Linceo, escape.


Danao throws his daughter in prison, where she becomes the victim of General Arbante’s advances.

Hipermestra remains true to Linceo, even on hearing he has raised an army and is marching on Argos.


King Danao, terrified, sends General Arbante to offer Linceo favourable terms.

Arbante is secretly pursued by Elisa, who is infatuated with Linceo.


Arbante deceives Linceo, telling him Hipermestra has taken another lover. Mad with rage and grief, Linceo swears to kill her.

Argos is razed to the ground and Danao slaughtered: the prophecy is fulfilled.


Linceo, believing Hipermestra dead, succumbs to Elisa’s beauty. Distraught, Hipermestra throws herself from a tower but is miraculously rescued.

Discovering Arbante’s deception, Linceo finds his way back to his faithful wife, while Arbante and Elisa settle for each other.


Second opportunity for Festival 2017 tickets

Hipermestra is one of the operas Members will be able to book during their second opportunity for tickets.

During your second opportunity to book, you can look online to see the latest real-time availability and select your own seats. You are free to book as many tickets as you wish, as there are no restrictions on ticket numbers.

Members’ second opportunity to book: Monday 20 February
Associate Members’ second opportunity to book: Tuesday 21 February


Public booking opens online on Sunday 5 March at 6.00pm (and by telephone on Monday 6 May at 10.00am)

Hipermestra illustrations © Tilly aka runningforcrayons.co.uk