ConcertiNewsAgata, figlia dell’Ospedale della Pietà di Venezia

16 Luglio 2024

 

Martedì 16 luglio 2024, ore 18:30 – Sala Concerti

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Programma

CLAUDIO MERULO (1533–1604)
Gloria, dalla Missa Cara la vita mia, Venezia, 1609

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567–1643)
Lauda Jerusalem, Venezia, 1651

AGATA della Pietà (1712–69)
La Cantata, Ecce nunc, Venezia, c.1744

 

Australian Chamber Choir

Ensemble di archi del Conservatorio di musica “Benedetto Marcello” di Venezia

Direttore Douglas Lawrence AM

 

 

Agata della Pietà  


Born in Venice on 24 March 1712, Agata was missing the fingers of her left hand. Given up to the orphanage known as the Ospedale della Pietà soon after her birth, baby Agata would have been passed through the small revolving door (called a scaffetta) in the exterior wall of the building. If you were a young girl with no parents, growing up in eighteenth-century Europe, then the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice was quite possibly the best place for you to be. Here, Antonio Vivaldi had established a music education program for girls that was second to none. Agata was well-educated and became a star student, performing as a soprano soloist and composing cantatas. When she had completed her education, she was employed by the Pietà, first as a singing teacher and later, also as the administrator (or Priora) of the institution.  She remained at the Pietà until her death in 1769.

After a series of Australian performances, the ACC will gift Agata’s Cantata to the citizens of Venice during a European premiere performance in the Venetian Baroque splendour of the Pisani Palace.

 

Nell’imagine: Matthäus Merian, Venice (1636), engraving, detail | Rosalba Carriera, Young Lady (c.1730), pastel on paper, Galleria dell’Accademia, Venice