Cantata Profana To Present ‘Lucretia’

By Nicole Kuchta

Cantata Profana will present “Lucretia,” a “dramatically and politically charged show spiraling from the intensity and drama of Handel’s ‘La Lucrezia’ performed on baroque and modern instruments,” according to the press release. Rarely heard masterpieces spanning from the medieval era to the 21st century will be performed.

The program will include Bunita Marcus’ “Julia” (1989), Ottorino Respighi’s “Lucretia” (opera exerpt) (1935), Pietro Locatelli’s Capriccio No. 3 in C Minor for solo violin (1733), Ian Power’s “Water Dripping from a Leaking Pipe Behind Drywall” (2010), Jacques Gallot’s “La Lucrece” for solo lute, Paolo Benedetto Bellinzani’s “Cantata a due, Tarquinio e Lucrezia” (exerpt) (1726), Shirley Collins’ “The Outlandish Knight,” Joan Baez’ “Silver Dagger,” and Codex Buranus’ Selections from 234 poems and songs of the 11th-13th centuries.

The highlight of the program will be Handel’s “La Lucrezia,” starring mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen in a semi-staged production by Shadi Ghaheri. Additionally, the program will include the New York premiere of Francois Sarhan’s “Scenes d’amour.”

Featured performers will include Paul Max Tipton (Voice), Jacob Ashworth (Renaissance vielle, baroque and modern violins), Nina Stern (recorders and medieval winds), Arash Noori (lutes and guitars), Hannah Collins (baroque cello), and Aya Hamada (harpsichord).

Performances will be held at the HERE Arts Center on May 23 through 25, 2019