A new ensemble on the Twin Cities music scene, Bold North Baroque Opera will make its company debut with its production of Marco di Gagliano's 1608 opera La Daphne. It is one of the earliest surviving operas. Based on the mythological story of Daphne and how she attempts to escape Apollo's advances, this presentation not only offers a beautiful and exciting romp through the early Baroque age of music, it also explores current social issues, such as the #metoo movement and the abuse of power by those in authority.
The story begins with a monster terrorizing a band of nymphs and shepherds as it lays waste to the land, poisoning their fields. The god Apollo fights and kills the monster, and is hailed a hero by all. Boasting of his conquest and his superior skills in archery, Apollo insults the god Amore (Cupid) who vows to show the sun god his own prowess with a bow and arrow. The resulting feud makes the nymph Daphne the unwilling object of Apollo’s desire, who chases her against her wishes. Unable to escape, she asks for help and is transformed into a laurel tree, becoming a symbol of victory.
Soprano Sarah Jackson appears in the title role along with tenor Bill Pederson as Apollo, Janna Kysilko as Amore, and Sahar Hassan as Venere. Artistic Director Phillip Rukavina and Music Director Marco Real-d'Arbelles lead performances on August 2nd and 3rd, 2019 at 8:00 pm as part of the 2019 Twin Cities Early Music Festival. The venue is the Summit Center for Arts and Innovation located at 1524 Summit Ave in St.Paul.
Tickets are available at the door for $30; adults ($50 for two), $15 for students. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-699-1808. Bold North Baroque Opera presents the opening performance of the 2019 Twin Cities Early Music Festival.