Works by Veracini, Porpora, Vivaldi, and Geminiani
Cal Performances audiences first heard the "pure, radiant voice" (Los Angeles Times) of the sensational countertenor Philippe Jaroussky in his thrilling performance with the ensemble Apollo's Fire two seasons ago. Now he joins the illustrious Venice Baroque Orchestra for a selection of arias by Baroque composer Nicola Porpora, whose most famous protégé was the castrato Farinelli. The orchestra, "a superbly polished period-instrument group known for its fresh, zesty Vivaldi" (New York Times), also plays a rich assortment of instrumental works by Vivaldi, Veracini, and Geminiani.
Education & Community Event: Colloquium
Feb 7, 4:30-6 pm
125 Morrison Hall
Natural Highs: Male Voices in the Stratosphere
What did castrati sound like, and why should we care? What is that voice type we call a countertenor? What is falsetto, and who said it was false? When did the sound of a man singing soprano stop projecting heroic force and become a sign of lovesickness? A discussion of the virility and power of high male voices, touching on trouser roles, the invention of the modern notion of the countertenor, and the stratospheric high notes of pop icons, led by Prof. James Davies, doctoral candidate John Kapusta, and Prof. Mary Ann Smart of the Department of Music.
Because of the popularity of this event, please note the following:
Seating is on a first-come, first served basis. RSVPs will be honored until 15 minutes prior to start time. Please check in at the reservation table for priority entrance.
RSVPs are currently full. There will be a separate line for walk-up patrons who will be admitted 10 minutes prior to start if seating is still available at that time.
Program notes are available online. [PDF]