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Francesca Caccini -La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola di Alcina

Course tutors include: Oliver Webber, Deborah Roberts and Claire Williams
For solo and consort singers and players; experienced amateurs, students and young professionals. Plus additional consort music for voices and instruments, and optional masterclass: –

Sat, June 25th– Sun July 3rd 2016
Arrive in Triora Sat June 25th evening to start Sun 26th morning, and depart morning Sun 3rd July.

Fee: £350, (£175 for students of voice)

COURSE OVER


Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero was first performed in 1625 at the Medici court in Florence and is the only theatrical work of hers to have survived. Originally culminating in a series of elaborate courtly dances (including a horse ballet!) for which no music survives, Ruggiero is a typical court spectacle and a direct descendent of the Florentine Intermedi (performed in Triora in June 2015).

Ruggiero was performed at Brighton Early Music Festival in November 2015, directed by Deborah Roberts and with the orchestra led by Oliver Webber. It received outstanding reviews and was chosen as one of the top ten classical events in the whole of 2015 by Tim Ashley, the Guardian's music critic. 

This is an ideal piece for a summer school course as it provides a number of smaller roles in addition to the principal three roles. Those playing smaller roles will also sing in the choruses: Damigelle (young ladies of Alcina) Enchanted Plants, Monsters and Ladies and Knights.

There will be additional vocal and instrumental ensemble sessions for all chorus and smaller part singers to include ‘orchestrated’ sacred and secular music by composers such as Monteverdi and  Gabrieli.

The band is a very flexible group with opportunities of continuo, string and wind players. See below.

Link to Youtube recording of the work from 1996


PRINCIPAL ROLES:

Ruggiero: tenor or high baritone (still available -apply by email)
Alcina: soprano (already cast)
Melissa: alto (still available -apply by email)

SMALLER ROLES (also singing in choruses)

It is possible to play more than one role depending on the level of applications. Some parts have already been cast.

Female roles:

Sirena and First Damigella (soprano):
Sirena has an extended solo song requiring light and agile voice.
First Damigella sings solo and also as part of a trio. (already cast) 

Nunzia and Second Damigella (soprano):
Nunzia requires expressive voice and good acting. She has a long narration.
Second Damigella sings solo and also as part of a trio (already cast)

Third Damigella
and Female Monster (mezzo soprano)
Solo and also part of the trio. (still available -apply by email)

The trio ofThree Damigelle (Alcina’s ladies)  have a fair bit to do as soloists, a 3-voice consort and also within a female chorus of damigelle..need to be excellent blenders with clear voices and well controlled vibrato

Female Plant and Formerly Enchanted Lady  (soprano) Requires quite a sombre voice but clean with well controlled vibrato (still available -apply by email)

Male roles:

Pastore:   (tenor) This is quite a fun part with a fairly comic strophic song. Needs to be quite a light voice with well controlled vibrato. (still available -apply by email)

Male Plant   (tenor) Another quite sombre role with similar music to the Female Plant.(still available -apply by email)

Astolfo (tenor) Just a few lines to sing as a soloist. (still available – no special application necessary. Just mention on your application that you would like to sing this. book online)

Male Monster bass. Very small part, 7 bars only. (already cast) 

There are also several places for Consort/chorus singers, and certainly plenty to do. Choruses range from the
3-part Damigelle (all women) to the grand 8-part madrigal that ends the opera.  The Singing Plants choruses are especially wonderful! Consort/Chorus singers can book online

There will be additional vocal and instrumental ensemble sessions for all chorus and smaller part singers to include ‘orchestrated’ sacred and secular music by composers such as Monteverdi and  Gabrieli.

The Master Class is open to all singers and instrumentalists and can include solos, duets and other one per part ensemble pieces

BAND

The small orchestra will be led by Oliver Webber, with Claire Williams on harpsichord/organ and can contain any of the following:

  • 3 violin parts
  • Cello
  • Assorted viols
  • 2 recorders
  • Sackbuts
  • Any lute family
  • Harp

Players should be at least grade 6 or equivalent standard. To ensure a balanced band, please email as directed below.

There will be daily tuition on ensemble and continuo playing from two expert teachers, and additional consort music will make it a very full week. All players can take part in the Master Class


HOW TO APPLY

Consort/Chorus singers can apply online here

Singers interested in singing solo roles, and all instrumentalists should email deborah@bremf.org.uk

Please state voice or instrument played, which role(s) you are interested in or say if you are happy to be considered for any available role.
Give some background information on your experience, qualifications/grades etc.
If interested in  singing a role could you also send a link to a recording or link to a YouTube clip of you singing.

If accepted on the course, you will be sent a booking link allowing you to book securely online.