Raffaele Pe makes his Glyndebourne debut with W. Christie/G. Vick !

Gylndebourne-tatler-27apr15_-Leigh-Simpson_b_600x400CAVALLI’s HIPERMESTRA

The season in Glyndebourne opens with the new production of Cavalli’s Hipermestra, directed by Graham Vick (returning for his first new staging at Glyndebourne in 17 years), and conducted by William Christie.

The plot is based on the Greek legend of Hypermnestra who was the only one of the Danaids (sons of Danaus) who did not kill her husband on their wedding night!

Mai 20, 24, 27, juin 01, 04 mat, 09, 15, 18 mat, 23, 29, juil. 02 mat, 05, 08

Creative team

Conductor William Christie


Director Graham Vick

Designer Stuart Nunn

Lighting Designer Giuseppe Di Iorio


Raffaele Pe

Linceo Raffaele Pe

Hipermestra Emőke Baráth

Arbante Benjamin Hulett

Elisa Ana Quintans

Danao Renato Dolcini

Vafrino Anthony Gregory

Berenice Mark Wilde

Arsace David Webb

Delmiro/Alindo Alessandro Fisher

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment


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. This production contains scenes of a sexual nature.


Watch the animated story of Hypermestra !

William Christie introduces Hypermestra!