This Friday, January 8, I’ll be presenting a lecture and recital with Ms. Tina Paulson, soprano. She’ll be singing selections related to women in my book A Beautiful Woman in Venice. Here’s the program:
* Introduction to Venetian women and the work of Barbara Strozzi
- Barbara Strozzi
- Amor Dormiglione
- Moralita Amorosa
- Giusta Negativa
* The talents of d Anna Maria dal Violin and Antonia Bembo
- Jean-Baptiste Lully
- Dialogue de la musique italienne et de la musique française
Antonia Bembo – from Produzioni armoniche
- E ch’avete bell’ ingrate
- Mi basta cosi
* The Courtesan and the Regata Winner: Veronica Franco and Maria Boscola
III. Gioachino Rossini – La Regata Veneziana
- Anzoleta avanti la regata
- Anzoleta co passa la regata
- Anzoleta dopo la regata
* The Salonnier Maria Querini Benzon
- Antonio Lamberti – La Biondina in Gondoleta
2. Gioachino Rossini – La Danza
As you can see, Tina will be singing pieces by the composers Barbara Strozzi, the most prolific published composer of her era, male or female, and by Antonia Padoani Bembo, who fled Venice to escape from her overbearing husband and who was supported by King Louis XIV himself.
We’re broadening the program with the Rossini pieces, which are sung in the character of a flirtatious woman addressing her lover, a regatta racer. In connection to those songs, I’ll be sharing information about the life of Veronica Franco, poet and courtesan, and Maria Boscola, a renowned regatta racer herself.
We’ll finish up the program with Lamberti’s 18th century song, still sung today, about the salon hostess Maria Querini Benzon, immortalized as “La Biondina in Gondoleta,” and then another lively Rossini piece to get everyone tapping their feet. What a great opportunity to hear the musical talents of Venetian women composers brought to life by a soprano voice that sounds similar to their own! And to learn more about how these remarkable women enlivened their eras.
Details for the show:
Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA
Friday, January 8, 2016, at 7:00 pm
Admission is free, though we will be collecting donations for Save Venice, Inc. Refreshments will be served.