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ODC Theater: ARS MINERVA presents ERMELINDA A Modern World Premiere
November 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
One event on November 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm
One event on November 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm
An opera composed by Domenico Freschi in 1680 – Libretto by Francesco Maria Piccioli – Created at Teatro delle Vergini in Villa Contarini.
The plot, which unfolds in Phoenicia, features two young lovers Ermelinda and Ormindo, a tyrannical father and two trouble makers. Ermelinda is not allowed to love Ormindo and will have to endure the stratagems and machinations fabricated by the other characters who want to split them. From mad scenes to fake deaths, every ruse and artifice will be used to make mischief. Will Ermelinda’s determination and cleverness outsmart her enemies?
The opera, will be semi-staged and sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Domenico Freschi (1634 –1710): was an Italian composer. He was appointed the maestro di cappella at the Cathedral of Vicenza in 1656. He remained in that post until his death. In addition to his work as a church musician and composer, Freschi also had an active career as an opera composer. Of his 16 known operas, 11 of them premiered at theaters in Venice.
Stage Director: Céline Ricci
Conductor: Jory Vinikour
Costume Designer: Matthew Nash
Projections Designer: Entropy
Light Designer: Thomas Bowersox
Stage Manager: Elisabeth Reeves
Translation: Joe McClinton
Ermelinda: Nikola Printz
Ormondo Prince of Phoenicia: Sara Couden
Rosaura: Kindra Scharich
Aristeo: Justin Montigne
Armidoro: Deborah Rosengaus
“Ars Minerva presented a powerful case for this unknown piece, accomplishing the goal of pulling the camera back to include a fuller view of the musical past, in all its range and complexity.”
Joshua Kosman for the San Francisco Chronicle
Ars Minerva was founded in 2013 by Céline Ricci with a vision for a new performing arts organization that would recreate forgotten music and create multidisciplinary events around early music, while remaining locally rooted and outreach-oriented.
Since its inception, Ars Minerva has presented the modern world premieres of three long-forgotten Venetian operas in San Francisco: La Cleopatra (1662), Le Amazzoni nelle Isole Fortunate (1676) and La Circe (1665) and Ifigenia in Aulide (1738).
Ermelinda is made possible thanks to the Sam Mazza Foundation and the Musical Grant Program.
The Musical Grant Program is administrated by InterMusicSF, and supported by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation and the San Francisco Grants for the Arts.
Photographer Valentina Sadiul, Costume Matthew Nash.