Isleworth Baroque - Baroque Opera and Music in West London

Our production for 2007 was La Calisto by Cavalli

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Click here for the poster for La CalistoLa Calisto was premiered on November 28th 1651 at The Teatro San Apollinare in Venice. Cavali wrote it as bold entertainment for the public theatres. It is a shameless crowd pleaser- a brazen mix of comedy and drama, spiced with gender bending and bawdy situations.The story is based on the constellation myth from Ovid’s metamorphosis. According to Ovid, Callisto is a wood nymph ”not one who spent her time at the loom, but one of Diana’s warriors, carrying in her hand a javelin or bow ”. She is seduced by Jove disguised as Diana. The deception is discovered by Jove’s wife Juno who turns Callisto into a bear. Jove in his Mercy places her beyond Juno’s jealousy, in the heavens as the constellation Ursa Major.

Performances were Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October 2007 at Isleworth Public Hall

Cast List:


Janet Oates


Emilie Taride


Harriet Fraser


Katie Pinney


Suzie Modak


Ingrid Fraser


John Cobb


Jacqui Silverstone


Sally Pinney


Steve Harrison


Neville Bayross


Cedric Lee


Rosalind Fuller


Philip Johnson


Photos from this year's production of La Calisto:

Harriet as Diana, Steve as Mercury and John as Jove
Jackie as Juno
Members of the Orchestra
June and Catherine
Cedric as Pan and Harriet as  Diana
Jackie as Junow and June as Chef Fury with the Furies
Caroline and Alison
Harrriet as Diana, Sally as Linfea and Suzie as Endymion
The four talented dancers!
Ingrid and Harriet
Janet as Callisto
Len and Rosalind as a Satyr
Thanks to June and Alan for
these photos


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