FRANCESCA CACCINI La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina
Patrick Hansen, artistic director; Hank Knox, musical director; Jessica Derventzis, stage director
with the McGill Baroque Orchestra
Intermedio with Cappella Antica
BARBARA STROZZI L'amante modesto; Con le belle non ci vuol fretta; Vecchio amante che rende la piazza; Priego ed amore
In collaboration with the Early Music Area
Pre-concert lecture by Professor Julie Cumming from 6:30p.m. to 7p.m. in Clara Lichtenstein Hall
The first opera written by a female composer, or at least the oldest that has survived the ages, Francesca Caccini's "La liberazione di Ruggiero" is based on a passage from Ariosto's fantasy novel in verse "Orlando Furioso". The opera changes the story to expand the importance of women. It was first performed in Florence, where two women ruled as co-regents to the 14-year old Duke of Tuscany, and was performed as a celebration of the power of these two women. In Opera McGill's unique rendition, the story from Alcina's enchanted island has been moved to a grand mansion full of magic and mysteries, complete with former lovers being trapped in picture frames hanging on the walls.