The sound of women’s voices together has always produced musical endorphins: the Andrews Sisters, the Supremes, and the Wailin’ Jennys are well-known examples. The Italian 17th century gave birth to many groups of highly skilled sopranos – and composers vied with each other to write for them. Choreographer Anna Mansbridge has reimagined these creations as fully theatrical events, pairing four sopranos (Danielle Reutter-Harrah, Tess Altiveros, Arwen Myers, and Teresa Wakim) with three female dancers and our PMW chamber ensemble. The diverse musical landscape includes works by 17th-century masters Rossi, Mazzocchi, and Monteverdi, as well as Doubleheart, composed by renowned Seattle-based conductor/composer Karen P. Thomas, and the world premiere of Stephen Stubbs’ setting of the missing Baccante scene at the end of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Truly a feast for the eyes and ears!
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