Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble Announces Summer Festival, ‘Voices From the Tower’

By Francisco Salazar

Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has announced its 17th annual summer festival: Voices from the Tower.

The upcoming festival will exclusively feature works composed by women. Among the performances featured this season will be the commissioned world premiere of “Princess Maleine,” by Whitney George with a libretto, based on the play by Maurice Maeterlinck, by Bea Goodwin. This will mark the first commissioned opera for the company.

The festival will also include the first opera ever composed by a woman, “La Liberazione di Ruggiero” by Francesca Caccini, with a libretto by Ferdinando Saracinelli. There will also be a scenes program entitled “Scenes from the Tower” and will feature “Cendrillon” by Pauline Viardot and other operatic scenes by Thea Musgrave and Victoria Bond, as well as a recital of songs called “Les Boulangers,” which will feature the works of Lili and Nadia Boulanger, their contemporaries and students.

The 2019 Voices from the Tower festival will be performed as part of the Summer Shares at La MaMa Experimental Theater, 66 East Fourth Street, New York City, with 14 performances from August 10-25, 2019.

“La Liberazione di Ruggiero” will be performed on August 10 through 25 while “Princess Maleine” will be performed from August 16 through 24.