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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Barbara Strozzi

Star of Venice

Thu 10 Jan
Classical

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Barbara Strozzi

Star of Venice

Barbara Strozzi L'Amante Modesto
Come Puo, non come suolo, Pace Arrabbiata, op 1
Lagrime Mie
Che dolce udire, Canto di bella bocca
E pazzo il mio core
Bella Madre, le tre grazie a Venere
Dolcissimo, Silenzio nocivo
Claudio Monteverdi Volgendo il Ciel
Il ballo delle ingrate
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Choir of the Enlightenment
Mary Bevan soprano
Christian Curnyn conductor

Barbara Strozzi was famed throughout 17th century Venice for her glorious voice and artistry, ‘la virtuosissima cantatrice’ of the city state.

Yet this pupil of Cavalli and contemporary of Monteverdi was quietly creating a unique musical legacy. An illegitimate daughter, a single parent, who was rumoured to be a courtesan and unable to secure a position in any court, she published eight volumes of increasingly ambitious music between 1644-1664.

Christian Curnyn conducts the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and its Rising Stars in this special event launching Venus Unwrapped that places her mellifluous madrigals and sensuous, dramatic solo songs in their Venetian context, alongside Monteverdi’s spectacular Eighth Book of Madrigals with its delightful Il ballo delle ingrate, dramatising Venus and Cupid’s visit to the Underworld.

Date & time:Thu 10 Jan – 7.30pm
Venue:Hall One

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