It’s All About Women Creators At Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s 2019 Festival

By David Salazar

The dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has announced its 17th annual festival and it will feature works exclusively created by women.

Entitled “Voices from the Tower,” the festival will feature the world premiere of “Princess Maleine,” which will be written by Bea Goodwin with music by Whitney George. This piece was commissioned specifically for the festival this year. The production will feature The Curiosity Cabinet as collaborators.

Goodwin will direct while George will share conducting duties with the company’s Artistic Director Chris Fecteau. The cast will include Elyse Kakacek in the title role of Maleine, Jeremy Brauner as Prince Hjalmar, Liz Bouk as Queen Anne, and Nichole Bittlingmeyer as Maleine’s lady-maid.

Performance Dates: August 16, 18, 20, 22, 24

Additionally, the festival will showcase the first-ever opera composed by a woman, Francesca Caccini’s “La Liberazione di Ruggiero.

Performance: August 10,11, 15, 17, 23, 25

There will also be a scenes program “Scenes From the Tower,” that features moments from Pauline Viardot’s “Cendrillon” and opera scenes by Thea Musgrave, Victoria Bond, and others.

Performance Dates: August 21, 24

There will also be a recital of song, Les Boulangers” which will feature works of Lili and Nadia Boulanger, their contemporaries and their students.

Performance: August 17