Her Father’s Voice – Brighton Early Music Festival
November 1|8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
A play with music exploring the early years of composer Barbara Strozzi (b.1619)
written and directed by Henry Bauckham.
Let’s travel back in time by 400 years to Venice in 1619 – Barbara has just been born to the poet Giulio Strozzi and his mistress Isabella Garzoni. Not long after this in 1625, Francesca Caccini becomes the first woman to have an opera commissioned and performed. Thanks to developments in the previous century, women all over Italy are becoming independent artists in the fields of music, theatre and the visual arts. Giulio encourages Barbara’s musical skill, employing the celebrated composer Francesco Cavalli as her teacher.
Yet it was still a man’s world. Barbara was fortunate enough to have a father who was a member of one of the most famous academies in Italy – the Accademia degli Incogniti, comprising of some of the most liberal intellectuals of the time. These artists and writers met to discuss important issues of their day, including the rights and roles of women. Many new ideas were born here, such as the development of opera as an art form for the public.
In 1637, Barbara‘s father Giulio started his own musical academy, the Accademia degli Unisoni, designed to showcase the talents of his daughter Barbara who was known at this point across Venice as the virtuoso singer of Giulio Strozzi…