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La Donna Barocca

Baroque au féminin

Works from Italian composers: Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda, Francesca Caccini and Antonia Bembo

Heather Newhouse, soprano
Sayaka Shinoda, violin
Aude Walker-Viry, cello
Nicolas Muzy, theorbo and guitar
Franck-Emmanuel Comte, harpsichord and musical direction

On stage:

Partial : 3 artists (soprano, cello, theorbo)
Full : 5 artists (soprano, violin, cello, harpsichord, theorbo)

In the scope of its project Baroque au féminin (Women in the Baroque era), Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu has chosen to dedicate its programme La Donna Barocca to Italian women composers. During the 17th century, women composers flourished in Italy. While convent life made it possible for some of them, like Isabella Leonarda, to access musical education and to compose, an intellectual family background was what gave the opportunity and encouragement to others, such as Barbara Strozzi (born 400 years ago), an emblematic figure of the Venetian musical genius, but also Antonia Bembo and Francesca Caccini, to become the first self-assertive professional women composers.

Gabrielle Oliveira Guyon


17 Sept. 2021
Festival Saon'Automne
La Donna Barocca
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