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Barbara Strozzi Dolcissimo, Silenzio nocivo
Barbara Strozzi Bella Madre, le tre grazie a Venere
Barbara Strozzi Lagrime Mie
Barbara Strozzi Come Puo, non come suolo, Pace Arrabbiata, op 1
Barbara Strozzi Che dolce udire, Canto di belle bocca
Claudio Monteverdi concertante madrigals
Claudio Monteverdi Il ballo delle ingrate
Christian Curnyn conductor
Mary Bevan soprano
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 performer of Monteverdi was quietly creating a unique musical legacy. An illegitimate daughter, a single parent, who was treated by many as a courtesan and unable to secure a position in any court, she published seven volumes of increasingly ambitious music between 1655-1664.
Renowned period Opera conductor Christian Curnyn leads our musicians and Rising Stars in this special event launching Venus Unwrapped, a landmark series which celebrates female composers. Explore Strozzi’s 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.