Cupid’s arrow poised to create chaos as the Yale Baroque Opera Project presents Cavalli’s “Erismena”


Cupid’s arrow poised to create chaos as the Yale Baroque Opera Project Presents Cavalli’s ​Erismena

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Yale Baroque Opera Project

New Haven, CT – March 4, 2015 | An exciting labyrinth of a tale comes to the University Theater this April, as the Yale Baroque Opera Project mounts its 11th production, Cavalli’s Erismena, on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at 3pm.  Featuring plot twists that would thrill Shakespeare himself, Erismena is the story of a young princess who disguises herself as a male warrior to pursue her beloved. Murder plots, star-crossed lovers and bawdy clowns fill the stage of this 17th century gem – which, famously, may have been the first Italian opera to be translated into English back in 1674.

This intimate, magic-infused opera will be staged by Ethan Heard (Yale School of Drama and Yale College graduate) who directed YBOP’s first two productions Ardo, Ardo: Monteverdi in Motion and L’Orfeo. Grant Herreid returns as Musical Director. Featuring undergraduate and graduate singers and instrumentalists, Erismena is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Ethan writes, “Like Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Winter’s Tale, Erismena swirls together comedy and drama, war and romance, magic and the mundane.  The Median court is a place of tyranny, desire, and a lot of mistaken identity.  Cupid hovers above the action, making mischief and prompting love to flourish anew.” 

Become fully immersed in the exotic, passionate world of Baroque opera. Erismena will be presented on Saturday April 25 & Sunday April 26 at 3pm at the University Theater, Yale University, 222 York Street, New Haven. The opera will be performed in its 17th-century English translation, with an approximate running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes with an intermission. Free admission – For information and reservations, please visit: Day of show walk-ups highly encouraged!