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Hipermestra is an opera in a prologue and 3 acts by Francesco Cavalli - more specifically, it is a festa teatrale. The opera was set to a libretto by G. A. Moniglia, and was first performed at Florence on 12 June 1658. The plot is based upon the ancient tale of Hypermnestra, a story that later served as a basis for a well-known libretto by Metastasio. A modern production took place at Glyndebourne in 2017.[1]


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, June 12, 1658
(Conductor: - )
Alindo soprano
Amore soprano
Arbante tenor
Arsace tenor
Berenice contralto
Danao bass
Delmiro contralto
Discordia contralto
Elisa soprano
Gelosia tenor
Giove baritone
Giunone soprano
Hipermestra soprano
Linceo soprano
Vafrino soprano
Venere soprano
Vulcano baritone



  1. ^ "Hipermestra review – Cavalli comes in from the cold". Guardian. Retrieved 4 July 2017.