Puppet Opera - Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero

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Magnificat Puppet Opera - Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero

Magnificat is pleased to welcome back the Carter Family Marionettes for a production Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall' Isola d'Alcina, the earliest opera written by a woman. A re-telling of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, the opera features magical transformations, burning oceans, winged monsters and, of course, exquisite melodies.

The daughter of one of the leading advocates for the nuove musiche of the 17th century, Francesca had a remarkable career as a teacher and performer, but above all as a highly respected composer. She wrote La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall' Isola d'Alcina in 1625 and sadly, it is her only surviving opera - she is thought to have written music for as many as nine staged works.

Long time Magnificat fans will remember fondly the two productions with the Carter Family Marionettes in 1998, the Parisian opera parody La Grandmere Amoureuse and Jacopo Melani's Il Girello. Among Magnificat's most popular productions, these collaborations were a critical success and a pleasure for all involved.

The cast includes Catherine Webster in the role of Alcina, Scott Whitaker as Ruggiero, José Lemos in the cross-gendered role of Melissa/Atlante and the Carters' troupe of wooden troublemakers.

  • Venue: First Lutheran Church
  • Date: Fri October 16, 2009 8:00pm
  • City: Palo Alto
  • Price Range: $12 to $35
  • Tickets: 800-595-4849
Additional Dates:
Sat October 17, 2009 8:00pm
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Sun October 18, 2009 4:00pm

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Program

Francesca Caccini

La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall' Isola d'Alcina

Performers

Catherine Webster

Alcina (soprano)

Scott Whitaker

Ruggiero (tenor)

José Lemos

Melissa/Atlante (countertenor)

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