Nov 30 - Dec 1, 7:30pm
Ars Minerva, a five-year-old organization acclaimed for its resurrections of forgotten operas from the Italian Baroque, presents Giovanni Porta's IFIGENIA IN AULIDE, the opera's first staging since its premiere in Munich in 1738.
Based on a tragedy by Euripedes, Porta's opera dramatizes an episode during the Trojan War when King Agamemnon is compelled to sacrifice his daughter Ifigenia to the goddess Diana so that the Greek army may set sail for Troy. With a libretto by Apostolo Zeno, the opera was a rousing success at its premiere at the 1738 Munich Carnival.
DIRECTOR: Celine Ricci
CONDUCTOR: Derek Tam
CAST: Matheus Coura, Spencer Dodd, Cara Gabrielson, Kevin Gino, Nikola Printz, Celine Ricci, Shawnette Sulker, Aura Veruni
MUSICIANS: Cynthia Black, concertmaster; Erik Andersen, Natalie Carducci, Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, Anna Washburn and Aaron Westman, violins; Gretchen Claassen, cello; Paul Psarras, theorbo; Derek Tam, harpsichord
Since 2013, Ars Minerva has presented modern world premieres of three long-forgotten operas: La Cleopatra, composed by Daniele da Castrovillari; The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles, composed by Carlo Pallavicino; and La Circe, composed by Pietro Andrea Ziani.
Prior to the staged performances on November 30 and December 1, Ars Minerva will present a concert version with select passages from the opera on November 9 at First Congregational Church in Berkeley. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. First Congregational Church is located at 2345 Channing Way. For more information visit ArsMinerva.org.