Rare Scarlatti Opera To Premiere At Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

By David Salazar

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will present a new production of Scarlatti’s rare “La Caduta de’ Decemviri.” This is estimated to be the first modern performance of the 1697 opera.

The opera explores the story of Virginia, the hero of the Roman Republicanism as she struggles during the rule of the 10 men. The work has not been recorded to this point and the score is considered to be the bridge between Scarlatti’s middle and late period.

The work will feature the instrument ensemble ACRONYM making its Boston debut with a  cast that includes Daniel Moody, Sarah Shafer, Tim Keeler, Marguerite Krull, Matthew Anderson, Amy Van Roekel, Rush Dorsett, and Peter Walker.

“I am delighted to be putting together this extraordinary group of musicians to bring Scarlatti’s setting of the tragedy of Virginia to Calderwood Hall—only a few feet away from Botticelli’s remarkable painting of the same story,” said George Steel, Abrams Curator of Music at the Gardner Museum in a press release.

“This is just the sort of interdisciplinary juxtaposition that Isabella imagined her Museum would inspire, and it points the way to future projects bridging art, performance, and ideas.”