[That elusive spot where the performance is simply fabulous, and gender matters only relatively, and sex not at all: Staatstheater Darmstadt’s current junior production of Cavalli’s “La Calisto” has an aim to rival Cupid’s there.
So… who’s who? Who’s what? …and why does it even matter? – If I deduced correctly: Penelope Mason (Satirino), Theodore Browne (Pane) and David Hong (Silvano) camping it up in the woods in in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Darmstadt 2016.]
The production also has a Jupiter who does his own falsetto for Giove-in-Diana (seen before), a mezzo Endimione (not seen before, especially with the sheep hairstyle) and a female-bodied Linfea (likely transposed up?) to write home about. There is one final performance on July 12, though it’s aready sold out. At least we do have the trailer, which leaves me with the (Paris is) burning question “Where do I get Pane’s giraffe-pane jacket? And what is his hairspray brand?”
P.S. Bonus points for the production tagline:
“Wollten Sie nicht schon immer von einem Schwan geliebt werden? Von einem Goldregen verführt? Oder sogar endlich etwas mit Ihrer Vorgesetzten anfangen? Alles ist möglich, wenn Jupiter, der Gott aller Götter, Sie liebt, zumal im paradiesischen Arkadien…”
[“Haven’t you always wanted to be loved by a swan? Seduced by a rain of gold? Or even finally start an affair with your female boss? Everything is possible if Jove, God of Gods, is in love with you, especially if it’s in Arcadia…”]
If you want a whole “Calisto” after this, YT has the Glyndebourne 1971 with Ileana Cotrubas and Janet Baker, and the almost complete Monnaie 1996 with Maria Bayo. (and if you want an bit of queer campy fic to go with the myth: at your service).