By Nino Pantano
Special to Brooklyn Daily Eagle

GOWANUS — La Calisto, an opera in three acts, was composed by Venetian composer Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) in 1651. The lyrics are by Giovanni Faustini (1615-1651). By the 1640s Cavalli was known as “the best composer in Italy.” Because of bad luck, La Calisto was forgotten until the 1970s.

The entrance and walk to the Proteus Gowanus courtyard at Union and Nevins streets evoked the back alleys of Venice. The audience sat with a
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