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
A discussion about countertenor repertoire, castrati and travesti roles, and the high male voice in pop music today, led by Professors James Davies and Mary Ann Smart of the Dept of Music.
Program notes are available approximately one week before the performance.