PROGRAMME OFFERINGS SMALL GROUP TOURING PROGRAMMES: I. Lamentarium:   Eternal lamenting, extravagant repenting, ecstatic, sensual and erotic narratives of ancient classical and Biblical heroines Lamento d'Arianna - Claudio Monteverdi Lamento di Zaida, Pianto della Maddalena - Luigi Rossi Elena invecchiata, Lamento d'Artemisia - Marco Marazzoli Piangete occhi, piangete, Colombella, che di latte - Domenico Mazzocchi FIVE PERFORMERS Nadine Balbeisi, soprano and Theodora Baka, mezzo-soprano Siobhán Armstrong, triple harp and Jörg Jacobi, harpsichord Erin Headley, viola da gamba and lirone Beautifully poetic, Atalante’s “Lamentarium” was an expressive portrayal of love and regret. This international group, founded by Erin Headley, is devoted to the operatic repertoire of 17th century Rome. The exotic timbres and vivid acting transported the audience not only to that era, but also to the edge of the sea, the regret of a faded beauty and the realm of the underworld...Atalante is unique in its repertoire, much of it reconstructed by Headley from archives in the Vatican Library, as is the instrumentation, with harpsichord (Jörg Jacobi), triple harp (Siobhán Armstrong) and either viola da gamba or lirone (Headley). The lirone, with its ethereal, sustained harmonies, specifically accompanies laments. The instruments are ornately decorated with carvings and marbleized panels. The singers, too, were adorned in luxurious period-appropriate silk gowns, with headdresses and accessories that indicated their characters. Soprano Nadine Balbeisi and mezzo-soprano Theodora Baka offered richly emotive performances, their pure voices enunciating the lyrical text as it moved fluidly from recitative to aria. The concert featured the work of three Roman composers, Domenico Mazzocchi, Luigi Rossi and Marco Marazzoli, and drew heavily from classical antiquity, both sacred and secular...sophisticated, aristocratic entertainment. Kansas City Star II. La Villa di Leonora:   In honour of Leonora Baroni, Rome's most celebrated soprano, we offer a special concert that took place in 1639 at her Roman villa. Leonora’s singing trio included her mother, Andreana and her sister Caterina who accompanied themselves on viola da gamba, lirone, theorbo, triple harp and Spanish guitar. Suave and entwining melodic strands, luscious harmonies and deliciously painful dissonances are hallmarks of the Roman school which Luigi Rossi led. These beguiling and exquisite sonorities illustrate the whole of love's spectrum, be it spiritual or worldly. It is hardly surprising that the nobility, cardinals, and the Pope himself were enchanted by the magic of these special evenings. Cantatas and laments by Luigi Rossi, Marco Marazzoli, Giacomo Carissimi and Domenico Mazzocchi SIX PERFORMERS Katherine Watson and Nadine Balbeisi, sopranos Theodora Baka, mezzo-soprano Siobhán Armstrong, triple harp and Jörg Jacobi, harpsichord Erin Headley, viola da gamba and lirone PROGRAMMES FOR FESTIVALS: I.  L’Incendio di Roma:  (The Great Fire of Rome): Dramatic cantatas for two sopranos and bass, strings and continuo, featuring L'Incendio di Roma, for bass as Nero, and strings, and Lament of the Tiber and two nymphs for two sopranos and bass by Alessandro Stradella, and works by Luigi Rossi, Giacomo Carissimi and Bernardo Pasquini EIGHT PERFORMERS Nadine Balbeisi, soprano and Theodora Baka, mezzo-soprano Christian Immler, bass Siobhán Armstrong, triple harp and Jörg Jacobi, harpsichord Erin Headley, viola da gamba and lirone with two violins or viols   II.  Oratorio di Santa Caterina by Marco Marazzoli:  A masterpiece of early Baroque extravagance, with melting arias and thrilling vocal ensembles that dramatically narrate the struggle against pagan Rome, the martyrdom and final exquisite death of Catherine of Alexandria - also included: Lament of Cain from Cain e Abel  by Bernardo Pasquini ELEVEN PERFORMERS Katherine Watson and Nadine Balbeisi, sopranos Theodora Baka, mezzo-soprano Steve Dugardin, alto and Juan Sanchez, tenor Christian Immler, bass Siobhán Armstrong, triple harp and Jörg Jacobi, harpsichord Erin Headley, viola da gamba and lirone with two violins
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