The modern premiere of the 1744 three act opera composed by Francisco Courcelle, focuses on the sequestration of the young emblematic hero as described by the celebrated librettist Pietro Metastasio. Warned by a prophesy of his early death in the Trojan wars, Achilles mother disguises him as a young woman in a royal harem on the island of Skyros. The plot centers on Ulysses tricking him to reveal his true identity. In the baroque tradition, audiences were fascinated with disguise, and trouser roles were popular, in this case the role of Achilles being given to a mezzo-soprano.
Composed to celebrate the wedding of Princess Maria Teresa of Spain to the Dauphin of France, this opera represents the emergence of Spain artistically from the insularity of the zarzuela towards a more European, Italian influenced operatic style. This opera provides proof of the beauty and grandeur of the works of Courcelle, known in England as “the Spanish Handel”,
The artistic team includes Carla Lopez as Achilles, Kayla Nanto as Ulysses, cast members Anna Popova, Jocelyn Henson and Chabely Rendon. Staging conceived by Gustavo Tambascio, choreography and assistant stage directing by Jaime Puente and costumes by Antonio Bartolo. Artistic Director and producer, Grover Wilkins 3rd.
Tickets: $100, $75, $50, $25, $10 students Family Plan