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Consortium Carissimi will present fully staged performances of Bernardo Pasquini’s La Sincerità con la Sincerità ossia Il Tirinto June 3, 4, and 5

PAUL, MN (Date)Consortium Carissimi, a local group devoted to showcasing the sacred and secular music of the early Roman Baroque, will present La Sincerità con la Sincerità ossia Il Tirinto, written by Bernard Pasquini (1637-1710), at the Ritz Theatre in northeast Minneapolis June 3 (7:30 p.m.), 4 (7:30 p.m.) , and 5 (2 p.m.). The Ritz Theater is located at 345 12th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55413.

Pasquini’s opera has never been performed for a modern audience. The first performances in October 1672 were staged in the great hall of Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia, situated to the south of Rome. It was performed several times in Ariccia and later in other cities like Modena and Pistoia. Then this 17th century opera was forgotten and never performed again.

The comic storyline is Shakespearean, with mistaken identities and star-crossed lovers, and brings home universal themes that sincerity and truth prevail even in the most outrageous situations. The subject of the libretto is a long-lost son, found after many adventures and love affairs—themes which sowed the birth of the comic Italian Opera of the 18th century.

“Our project brings opera back to its roots as a kind of ‘street music’ that was popular, edgy and playful in its time in the 17th century,” said Garrick Comeaux, the Consortium’s founder and artistic director.  “Such music was not welcomed within the Roman City walls, so musician artists took their talents to the hills surrounding Rome.”

Fully respectful of Minnesota Opera’s incredible success at large-scale and top quality opera production, Consortium Carissimi selected this project because it wants to recreate original grass-roots opera in its most intimate and local form for a modern audience. These performances will have subtitles (for access), delightful costumes, and will be staged by Jon Cranney, who has more than 20 years’ combined experience at both the Guthrie Theater and Children’s Theater. “Jon is the perfect choice for this particular opera, given its playful humor and theme of redemption,” said Comeaux. Alessandro Quarta, a good friend and colleague for thirty years, will come from Rome to conduct the three performances.

The cast includes: Scarpiccia/Anselmo – tenore – Steve Staruch; Iaccaccio/Taddeo – basso – Erik Erlandson; Laurinda – Linh Kauffman; RosauraChristine Christensen; Lisa – Gary Ruschman; Celindo – Clara Osowski; Lucimoro –Roy Heilman; Sireno – Garrick Comeaux; Filandro – Benjamin Sieverding.

The orchestra includes: Ginna Watson, violin; Margaret Humphrey, violin; Julie Elhard, basse viole/lirone; Sara Thompson, violone; Garrett Lahrt, sackbut; Mike Pettman, Bruce Jacobs, harpsichord; Don Livingston, harp/organ.

Consortium Carissimi was founded in Rome, Italy in 1996 by Garrick Comeaux, Artistic Director, with the aim of presenting the sacred and secular music of early Roman Baroque. Comeaux, a leader in the Twin Cities early music community, discovered this Pasquini opera manuscript over 20 years ago in Modena, Italy, when he was recording Pasquini’s Sant’Agnese oratorio and was intrigued to learn Pasquini also wrote operas.

As well as works by Carissimi, the ensemble also performs pieces by his contemporaries. Consortium Carissimi also devotes much of its research and concert activity to composers such as Graziani, Marazzoli, Pasquini, Cifra and Sances, thus providing a clearer picture of the extraordinary effervescence that existed in the music world during the early Baroque period in Rome.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to www.consortiumcarissimi.org.

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