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Composer: Caccini, Francesca (1587-1640)

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Year of birth1587
Year of death1640
NationalityItaly
PeriodBaroque
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VallettaSacrificium

Caccini, Frescobaldi, Storace, Leonarda, Strozzi, Picchi, Bembo, Giacinta Badalla
Imago Mundi; Sofie vanden Eynde; Lore Binon

LondonRachel Podger and Brecon Baroque – Maria, dolce Maria

© Theresa Pawel
Caccini, Leonarda, Handel, Jacquet de la Guerre
Brecon Baroque; Rachel Podger; Ciara Hendrick; Alison McGillivray

BordeauxStravaganza d'amore

Monteverdi, Caccini, Malvezzi, Cavalieri
Raphaël Pichon; Ensemble Pygmalion
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Rare revival of the earliest known opera by a female composer

Anna Devin (Alcina) and Nick Pritchard (Ruggiero) © Robert Piwko
Francesca Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola di Alcina, performed at the Medici court in Florence in 1625, is said to be the first opera composed by a female composer.
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Exploring Recitative in Baroque Opera

Entitled “Monteverdi, Opera and Beyond”, lyric tenor and baroque specialist Paul Agnew devised a 90 minute programme exploring the role of recitative in Monteverdi’s opera and its influence on seventeenth-century English and French operatic music.