Polyphemus, a cyclopsofancient Greek legend with one eye and three fingers on each hand, became a central figure in many myths and intheir musical settings by Baroque composers. This son of Poseidon, a giant of insurmountable strength, appears in many fables, the best known of which are his encounters Odysseus during the hero’s homeward journey and with Theseus, who kills Polyphemus. The Italian bass Luigi De Donato has the right voice and temperamentto represent the ideal embodiment of Polyphemus, and together with Collegium 1704 he will be appearing in Prague tonight.
Collegium 1704 is a Prague-based highly acclaimed Baroque orchestra established in 2005 by the conductor and harpsichordist Václav Luks. The orchestra & vocal ensemble present famous orchestral and choral works by well-known composers as well as long-forgotten and now rediscovered treasures of the Baroque repertoire. The ensemble has been successfuly promoting work of Czech masters like Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.