Ars Minerva is very excited to recreate Ifigenia in Aulide, an opera composed by Venetian composer Giovanni Porta for the 1738 Munich Carnival season. The manuscript of the opera resides at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Despite the beauty of the music, Ifigenia in Aulide has not been played since its creation.
The story of this opera is based on Greek mythology and on a Euripides play, Iphigenia in Aulis, which he wrote between 408 and 406 BC.:
The Greek army, ready to battle against Troy under the command of King Agamemnon, was detained by contrary winds in the port of Aulis. The King appealed to the Oracle and the response was clear: it would not be possible to sail to Troy, without first placating the wrath of the Goddess Diana with a death. The death and sacrifice of Iphigenia, the King’s own daughter.
The opera, will be semi-staged and sung in Italian with English supertitles.
“Céline Ricci and her Ars Minerva company are a cultural treasure, and we are lucky indeed to have them here in the Bay Area." THE BERKELEY DAILY PLANET
Stage Director: Céline Ricci
Conductor: Derek Tam
Costume Designer: Matthew Nash
Projections Designer: Nicole Spencer Carreira
Light Designer: Jack Beuttler
Stage Manager: Elisabeth Reeves
Translation: Joe McClinton
Ifigenia: Aura Veruni
Agamennone: Nikola Printz
Clitennestra: Shawnette Sulker
Achille: Céline Ricci
Elisena: Cara Gabrielson
Ulisse: Kevin Gino
Teucro: Matheus Coura
Arcade: Spencer Dodd