Opera | Seneca
Translation | Maurizio Bettini
Directed by | Carlo Cerciello
Scene | Roberto Crea
Costumes | Alessandro Ciammarughi
Music | Paolo Coletta
Choreography | Dario La Ferla
Scene directory | Mattia Fontana


Phaedra, daughter of the legendary Cretan King Minos, harbours a tormented passion for her stepson Hippolytus. Encouraged by her nurse, she reveals her love to Hippolytus, who flees the palace in outrage.

Phaedra decides to take her revenge on him. Upon her husband Theseus’ return from a journey into the Underworld, she lies and tells him that Hippolytus tried to rape her. Theseus is furious and curses his son, who as a consequence dies a horrible death. When Hippolytus’ body is brought back to the palace, Phaedra confesses her deception to Theseus and kills herself.

All that is left to the father is lamenting his fate and recomposing his son’s torn body, as he orders his servants to throw Phaedra’s in a ditch.


Fedra | Imma Villa
Ippolito | Fausto Russo Alesi
Nutrice | Bruna Rossi
Teseo | Fausto Russo Alesi
Messenger | Sergio Mancinelli
1st Corifea | Elena Polic Greco, Simonetta Cartia
Corifee | Federica Cavallaro, Maddalena Serratore, Nadia Spicuglia, Claudia Zappia


Phaedra by Seneca on tour in 2017 at the Grande Teatro di Pompei and at the Terme di Baia