Tag: La Calisto

Cavalli – La Calisto / Bayo, Lippi, Pushee et al. / Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels 1996 (2)

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I have heard this opera only once or twice before, and there aren’t any specific sections of it that I found completely gripping – just little things, now and then. There’s a little section with flautinos in the beginning of Act I that manages to be sweet and not ear-splitting, and some charming dance music here and there. ‘Pretty’ was the word I kept writing down while I was listening to it. Maria Bayo, for example, consistently sounds very pretty, and the singing is as expressive as I suspect it gets for this role. Here’s Calisto’s Act III aria in which she remembers her tender moments with “Diana” (a.k.a Zeus):

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