NOVEMBER 22nd, 23rd & 24th 2019 AT ODC THEATER
3153 17 St, San Francisco
Now beginning our 5th year, we are thrilled to announce our next Opera Modern World Premiere:
An opera composed by Domenico Freschi in 1680 - Libretto by Francesco Maria Piccioli - Created at Teatro delle Vergini in Villa Contarini.
Is a young girl allowed to be flirty, insouciant and free to love who she wants without getting into trouble? Not really in 1680 and nowadays this freedom is still only partially guaranteed.
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?
Ars Minerva not only promotes rare and long-forgotten music, but also is committed to highlighting powerful women in history: Cleopatra Pharaoh of Egypt, the Amazon women warriors, Circe Goddess of Magic, Iphigenia and her mother Clytemnestra fighting patriarchal commands to sacrifice a daughter for the glory of an army. With Ermelinda we want to show a different take on women’s condition across time. For long centuries women were not able to love who they wanted. Young girls are still misjudged for being carefree. Improvements have happened since 1680, but we are still not there yet, and not everywhere in the world!
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
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.
ABOUT THE LIBRETTIST
Francesco Maria Piccioli: little is known about Mr Piccioli, except that he lived in Venice, wrote several libretti, including for the opera The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles, which we have revived in 2016!
Artwork by Ryan Ferriera
The Sam Mazza Foundation supports organizations who work to improve their communities through the arts, education, or addressing quality of life concerns.
Ermelinda is also made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administrated by InterMusicSF, and supported by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation and the San Francisco Grants for the Arts.