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Ars Minerva presents: Women of the Mediterranean

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ARS MINERVA Opera celebrating the historic Women of the Mediterranean.

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Join Ars Minerva in the upcoming event: Women of the Mediterranean.

Doors open at 7pm; Pre-show talk at 7.30pm; Show starts at 8pm

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Céline Ricci with mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich, soprano Aurélie Veruni and harpsichordist Kelly Savage will preform an Ars Minerva Opera featuring vignettes of famous and influential Mediterranean women. Arias from female roles from the operatic repertoire and spoken texts will alternate and lead you in a journey inhabited by legendary women and heroines as Cleopatra, Didone or Ottavia.

Music by: Claudio Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli, George-Frideric Handel, Pietro-Andrea Ziani and Giovanni Porta.

About the performance:

“Through Céline Ricci conception and realization of the program, the attentive listener was drawn to not only the distinguishing musical properties of each selection but also the rich diversity of personalities that could be so penetratingly depicted through those musical properties.” Stephen Smoliar - The Rehearsal Studio

“Ars Minerva company is a cultural treasure, and we are lucky indeed to have it here in the Bay Area” Roy McBean - The Berkeley Daily Planet

Biographies

Ars Minerva is a San Francisco-based, 501(c)3 performing arts organization created in 2013 by Céline Ricci. Its mission is to engage new audiences for classical music through innovative productions of Baroque operas.

Ars Minerva is proud to bring forgotten music back to life, in collaboration with artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Reviving Baroque operas is a rare and captivating experience, which we are happy to share with the diverse local community.

Ars Minerva not only promotes rare and long-forgotten music, but also is committed to highlighting powerful women in history: Cleopatra Pharaoh of Egypt, the Amazon women warriors, Circe Goddess of Magic, Iphigenia and her mother Clytemnestra fighting patriarchal commands to sacrifice a daughter for the glory of an army.

Céline Ricci is the Artistic Director and founder of Ars Minerva.

Her recent productions in­clude three 17th-Century for­gotten operas: La Cleopatra in 2015, The Am­azons in 2016, La Circe in 2017; and the 18th Century opera Ifige­nia in Aulis in 2018. She will stage Ermelinda for Ars Minerva in November 2019.

As a mezzo-soprano, Céline had an extensive career. She performed at: Lincoln Center for the Arts, Disney Hall, BAM, Teatro Colon, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Opéra Comique, Berlin Staatsoper, Marinsky Theater among other venues.

She recorded for Naxos, Harmonia Mundi and Sono Luminus labels.

She was also involved in recordings which received several prizes: Editor’s Choice – Gramophone UK, Orphée d’Or /Académie Nationale du Disque Lyrique de France, Diamant d’Opera / Opéra Magazine…

Aura Veruni - Praised for her “pristine sound ...[and her] brilliant coloratura passages” (San Francisco Classical Voice) , Soprano Aura Veruni, is making his way onto stages across the country.

She recently performed the title of Ifigenia in Aulide as well as Sarasota Opera performing the role of Pepa in Eugene D'Albert Tiefland and covering the title role of Bellini's Norma .She performs at Des Moines Metro Opera covering the title role of Massenet’s Manon, San Francisco Opera Guild, Mendocino Music Festival, Cinnabar Theater.

Kindra Scharich has been praised by the SF Chronicle for her “exuberant vitality” and “irrepressible musical splendor.” She will be seen in the upcoming premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s Today it Rains with Opera Parallèle and Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves with West Edge Opera.

Kelly Savage is on the faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she teaches theory and musicianship, and is a lecturer at Stanford University, where she teaches keyboard harmony and directs the Stanford Community Chorus. Ms. Savage is also the music director at Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco. She performs frequently on harpsichord as a continuo player and chamber musician.

Ms. Savage is artistic director of the chamber group SIREN Baroque, and is a founding member of the New York opera company Opera Feroce. The New York Times praised Ms. Savage’s “deft accompaniment” in the pasticcio opera Amor & Psyche, and highlighted her playing in Morningside Opera’s production of The Judgment of Paris. She holds a doctorate from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Arthur Haas, and also holds graduate degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Ms. Savage is a co-creator of Partifi, an online tool for musicians.

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