Nell Snaidas, Ariadne Lih, Suzie LeBlanc, sopranos; Erin Headley, lirone and viola da gamba; Lucas Harris, theorbo; Antoine Malette-Chénier, triple harp
The program is inspired by the famous singer Leonora Baroni (1611–1670), who, from the age of sixteen, caused a sensation everywhere she appeared (poet John Milton was so captivated, he dedicated three Latin epigrams to her). She composed music and poetry, and was one of the few female members of the literary Accademia degli Umoristi (Academy of the Humorists). Leonora’s solo repertoire most likely included the laments of Mary Magdalene, Helen of Troy, Artemisia and St. Catherine. “Milton in Love”, a narrated film created by Headley, with historical images and paintings will run in sync with performances of staged vocal works composed by Rome’s leading composers, Luigi Rossi, Marco Marazzoli and Domenico Mazzocchi.