La Cleopatra, an opera never played since 1662

With Ars Minerva, Céline Ricci, a french singer in San Francisco, would like to revive "La Cleopatra", an opera created in 1662 in Venice for the Carnival Season and never played since. After a Kickstarter campaign, successfully funded on December 16, 2014, Céline took up the challenge with flying colors, and finally brought back to life forgotten music... Do not miss “La Cleopatra” opera, a modern world premiere, at the Marines’ Memorial Theater in San Francisco on March 14th and 15th!


La Cleopatra

Daniele da Castrovillari’s La Cleopatra – lost in the archives of Venice’s Biblioteca Marciana since its premiere in 1662 – bears the name of the femme fatale whose legend has been recounted by everyone from Plutarch to Burton and Taylor. But those who anticipate yet another version of that famed tragedy should brace themselves for a hefty dose of the unexpected. Castrovillari and his librettist Giacomo dall’Angelo conjure up a lively salmagundi of romance, jealousy, skullduggery, sensuality, comedy, political catastrophe and attempted murder, climaxing in a surprise ending that is entirely in the spirit of Carnevale.

Ars Minerva

Ars Minerva is a new Performing Arts nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. Its first project is the creation of the annual Carnival Series. Ars Minerva will revive operas written for the Carnival during the XVIIth and the XVIIIth centuries and never again performed until now, as Ars Minerva World Premieres. La Cleopatra, composed for the 1662 Carnival Season, by Franciscan Friar Daniele da Castrovillari, is its first production.


Céline Ricci, a French Artistic Director

Mezzo-Soprano Céline Ricci studied in Paris and continued her post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Singer, Founder and Artistic Director of Ars Minerva, Céline has collaborated with some of the most prestigious conductors in Baroque music including William Christie, Nicholas McGegan and Martin Hasselbock. She has performed in many renowned theaters as Paris Opéra Comique, The Mariinsky in St Petersburg, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Disney Hall in Los Angeles...

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Last modified on 10/02/2015

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