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The Dearest Ring in Venice



The Dearest Ring in Venice

The Contarini bequest of music manuscripts to the Marciana Library

Ars Minerva’s Carnival Series brings Venice to San Francisco every year by reviving a forgotten Venetian opera originally written for the Carnival. This year’s selection is Daniele da Castrovillari's La Cleopatra, lost in the archives of Venice's Biblioteca Marciana since its premiere in 1662: a re-telling of the famous femme fatale’s tale, but with many unexpected elements (more information about the performance can be found here). In preparation for the opera, Anna Claut, Head of the Theatre and Music Department of the Marciana Library, will come to the IIC to tell us about the Contarini Collection, which contains precious antique music scores including that of La Cleopatra. The lecture will include images from that opera’s magnificent manuscript scores. The Marciana’s Theatre and Music Department is charged with maintaining, studying and spreading awareness about the wealth of musical and theatrical materials held within the Marciana Library: some 19,000 documents, both printed and in manuscript form, including musical scores and theoretical and practical works on music (the Contarini, Canal, Tagliapietra and Ricordi collections), as well as the collection of libretti in the Drama section, containing approximately 11,000 titles (Groppo, Rossi, Zeno and Salvioli collections). The Contarini Collection consists of those works left to the Marciana Library in his will by the Venetian nobleman Girolamo Contarini, Knight, Procurator of San Marco and Librarian of the San Marco Library, upon his death without issue in 1843. His library contained 8,365 volumes accrued over the centuries by this highly cultured family. To register for this free talk by Anna Claut, please click here.


Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Entrance : Free