Current Opera: L’Egisto

4-13 June 2021 at The Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone

The lovers Egisto (a descendant of Apollo) and Clori were abducted by pirates in Delos; Clori was sold in Zakynthos, where the pirates also captured Climene, on the day of her wedding to Lidio. A year later, Egisto and Climene escape to Zakynthos, to find Clori in love with Lidio and also courted by Climene’s brother Hipparco. In the course of 24 hours, dismay, remorse, plans of revenge, madness, and the quarrels and interference of the gods, lead to reconciliation and a happy ending.

Once again HGO brings opera back to London with a specially-commissioned new edition of Francesco Cavalli’s musical fable L’Egisto. Fully distanced and in accordance with Step 3 COVID regulations, live staged opera returns to London with this  rarely-seen  lyrical masterpiece, fully-staged with baroque orchestra at the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone, with our two casts giving alternating performances.

Public booking opens on 11th May.


4, 6, 10, 12 June 19.30, 5 June 15.00

Egisto: Kieran White
Climene: Helen May
Lidio: Eric Schlossberg
Clori: Shafali Jalota
Hipparco: Thomas Kelly
Amore: Stephanie Hershaw
Semele/Bellezza/Hora Seconda: Rachel Allen
Venere/Fedra/Hora Quarta: Ana Beard Fernández
Dema: Anna-Luise Wagner
Voluptia/Didone/Hora Terza: Emily Noon
La Notte: James Berry

5, 9, 11, 13 June 19.30, 12 June 15.00

Egisto: Martins Smaukstelis
Climene: Astrid Joos
Lidio: Alex Pullinger
Clori: Caroline Taylor
Hipparco: John Holland-Avery
Amore: Helen Lacey
Semele/Bellezza/Hora Seconda: Charity Mapletoft
Venere/Fedra/Hora Quarta: Olivia Carrell
Dema: Emily Kyte
Voluptia/Didone/Hora Terza: Helen Daniels
La Notte: Lawrence Gillians

Production Team

Production and Music Director: Marcio da Silva
Assistant Stage Director: Sophie Levi-Roos
Assistant Music Director: Sebastian Gillot
Stage Designer: Christian Hey
Stage Manager: Ben Riedel