$25 – $85
A contemporary of Monteverdi, Francesca Caccini came of age in Florence during the earliest years of opera as an art form. Both a composer and a performer, she was one of the most important musical figures at the Medici Court, for whom she created the first opera by a woman composer, La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina.
Alcina is a brilliant entertainment, full of wit and drama, with a demanding title role first sung by the composer herself. At the center of a struggle between illusion and destiny, the sorceress Alcina stands in the way of the valiant Melissa and her quest to rescue the warrior Ruggiero and liberate the captives who Alcina has transformed into plants and trees to ornament her island. This fantastic entertainment comes to life with Baroque dance, gorgeous costumes, and the Grammy-winning singers and instrumentalists of the BEMF Chamber Opera Series!