ACHILLE IN SCIRO: THE OPERATIC CAREER OF A GREEK HERO

FEBRUARY 3
6:30 – 8:00 pm; Reception 6:00 pm

Homer’s Iliad immortalizes the exploits of the Greek hero Achilleus during the Trojan War but gives us little of the backstory: his mother Thetis’ attempt to save his life by disguising him as a young woman on the island of Skyros; his love affair with the princess Deidamia; and Odysseus’ tricking him into revealing his true identity. Tales about Achilleus’ youth abounded in ancient Greece and Rome and later proved fertile soil for opera, the chief of which was composed by the celebrated librettist Pietro Metastasio.

As a preview of the Orchestra of New Spain’s production of Achilles in Skyros on February 9th and 10th, Susan Paun de Garcia, specialist in Spanish Theater; Grover Wilkins 3d, editor of the score and conductor, and Dallas Institute Director Larry Allums will discuss the operatic life of Baroque Madrid and the mythological story of Achilleus.