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La Cleopatra: a forgotten Venetian opera



La Cleopatra: a forgotten Venetian opera

Music by Daniele da Castrovillari - Libretto by Giacomo dall'Angelo 1662 - Teatro San Angelo - Venezia Ars Minerva is creating a Carnival Series, and will bring Venice to San Francisco every year by reviving a forgotten Venetian opera originally written for the Carnival. Daniele da Castrovillari’s La Cleopatra – lost in the archives of Venice’s Biblioteca Marciana since its premiere in 1662 – bears the name of the femme fatale whose legend has been recounted by everyone from Plutarch to Burton and Taylor. But those who anticipate yet another version of that famed tragedy should brace themselves for a hefty dose of the unexpected. Castrovillari and his librettist Giacomo dall’Angelo conjure up a lively salmagundi of romance, jealousy, skullduggery, sensuality, comedy, political catastrophe and attempted murder, climaxing in a surprise ending that is entirely in the spirit of Carnevale.Click here for a small preview of the music. 15% IIC member discount! Call 415 788 7142 to claim your discount. Please click here for tickets and more information.****Lecture about the original manuscript for the opera:On the 12th of March one of the directors of the Marciana Library in Venice will come to the IIC to tell us about the Contarini Bequest, where the manuscript for La Cleopatra lay dormant since 1662, illustrating her talk with images from the splendid original document. More information here.


Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015

Entrance : Free