A collaborative project between actors and singers to produce a play with music about the 17th-century Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi. The full play was premiered at Brighton Early Music Festival November 2019.

Be transported to a palazzo in Venice, where Strozzi’s father – an opera librettist – is holding one of his meetings. Gain an insight into what life was life for an independent female musician, living in a cosmopolitan city alive with art and intellectual debate, at a time when opera was becoming popular and women were commonly confined to lives of prayer or servitude. Wise Child Theatre and Fieri Consort present an immersive theatre experience, exploring the early years of the life of Barbara Strozzi, a 17th-century Venetian woman who become one of the most prolific composers of her time.

The performance has two formats, the full play with five actors, four singers and three instrumentalists or the soiree version with only singers and instrumentalists.

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“The exuberant acting, and Bauckham’s often highly humorous script makes this look a promising occasional artistic partnership. Now it is up to Early Music to increase those occasions.” Richard Amey, The Observer (Bognor Regis)

“highly expressive delivery…” The Times

“fizzing with energy and detail, and sung with exuberant joy…brought to life by Toby Carr’s strummed baroque guitar.” The Arts Desk ****

  • Project started 2018
  • Musicians Involved 5 actors, 4 singers, 3 instrumentalists
  • Past Performances Guildford, London, Brighton 2019