Following very successful opera productions at The Old Market in 2015, 2017 and 2018 (pictured), Brighton Early Music Festival returns with four performances of Marco da Gagliano’s La Dafne (1608). La Dafne was first performed just one year after Monteverdi’s Orfeo (for many people, the first great opera ever written), with a libretto also by Rinuccini and also based on a story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
With its rich contrasts of textures and sonorities, opportunities for expressive and at times virtuosic singing, and the important role of the intermedia-style choruses, this is a highly entertaining and delightful work that deserves to be a lot better known. This production of La Dafne will follow a week of intensive training with an auditioned cast of highly talented young singers and selected players. Performances at 15:00 and 19:30 daily.
Age: Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult