Breaking the Habit: Music by and for women in Renaissance Europe
In the 16th century, women across Europe held more power than ever before, from the Medici women in Italy to the Tudor queens of England. Many of these rulers used their patronage to support music of exquisite beauty by the finest composers of the day, extravagant showcases of their power contrasting with intimate and personal compositions. The century also saw the first publications of music by women composers, often Italian nuns whose convents supported their astonishing talents. The always-fascinating singers of Stile Antico shine a light on this oft-neglected repertoire, bringing to life the women of the Renaissance through song. Working without a conductor, these intensely collaborative performers have won acclaim as one of the world’s most vibrant and expressive vocal ensembles.
Pre-Concert Talk at 7pm.
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