Love conquers all in this tale of a courageous daughter who defies her father to save her husband. This early Baroque opera is a rare gem – join us for its UK premiere.
Best availability at weekends in May and June.
A story of loyalty, suffering and redemption
Hipermestra is one of the 50 daughters of King Danao of Argos, whose twin brother, King Egitto, has 50 sons.
Danao lives in fear of a prophecy that his life and kingdom will be taken by the lover of one of his daughters. So he commands all his daughters to marry and then kill all the sons of Egitto. 49 daughters obey, but Hipermestra refuses to slay her husband, Linceo.
Despite the trials and dangers that ensue, courage, love and loyalty triumph.
A UK first for the Cavalli opera
Working in 17th-century Venice soon after the world’s first public opera houses opened there, composer Francesco Cavalli had no tradition to follow. He gave his fertile imagination free rein, tinkering with the brand-new art form to create the lively Venetian style of opera, with its melodious arias, sprightly dance rhythms, free-wheeling mythological or historical plots and generous dollops of comedy.
Like most of Cavalli’s operas Hipermestra wasn’t performed between the late 17th century and recent years. Our performances at Glyndebourne mark its UK premiere and unite conductor William Christie with director Graham Vick.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Enrich your experience
Dig deeper into Hipermestra at these extra events for Festival 2017:
Inside an orchestra with the OAE, Sunday 4 June
Friday 9 June
‘Hipermestra: Cavalli and opera’s wonder years’, Saturday 8 July
Archive Gallery exhibition
Baroque Innovation, 20 May-9 July
Hipermestra is generously supported by Carol and Paul Collins through Glyndebourne Association America Inc.
Cast and creative team
Conductor William Christie
Director Graham Vick
Designer Stuart Nunn
Lighting Designer Giuseppe Di Iorio
Hipermestra Emőke Baráth
Linceo Raffaele Pe
Danao Renato Dolcini
Elisa Ana Quintans
Arbante Benjamin Hulett
Berenice Mark Wilde
Vafrino Anthony Gregory
Delmiro Rodrigo Ferreira
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Dates and times
Date Start Long interval Finish Price band Sat 20 May 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 2 Wed 24 May 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 3 Sat 27 May 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 2
Date Start Long interval Finish Price band Thu 1 June 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 3 Sun 4 June 3.55pm 5.50pm 8.15pm 2 Fri 9 June 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 2 Thu 15 June 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 3 Sun 18 June 3.55pm 5.50pm 8.15pm 2 Fri 23 June 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 2 Thu 29 June 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 3
Date Start Long interval Finish Price band Sun 2 July 3.55pm 5.50pm 8.15pm 2 Wed 5 July 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 3 Sat 8 July 5.10pm 7.05pm 9.30pm 2
Photo: © Lambis Stratoudakis