Ars Minerva presents "La Circe"

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Opera composed in 1665 by Pietro-Andrea Ziani with a libretto by Cristoforo Ivanovich. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. September 8 & 9, 2017 at 7:30pm. ODC Theater - 3153 17th Street, San Francisco. Reserve your tickets here

La Circe' plot is based on the adventures of Circe, the goddess and magician of Greek mythology made famous by Homer's Odyssey and Ovid's Metamorphoses. After Ulysses escapes Circe's clutches, the outraged enchantress remains on her island with a number of unlucky captives who will fall victim to her resentment and manipulations.

La Circe's manuscript, which resides at the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, is attributed to Pietro Andrea Ziani (1616-1684) with a libretto by Cristoforo Ivanovich (1620-1689). Ziani was the organist at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, and later in life in Vienna.The opera was created in Vienna in 1665 for the birthday of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I. Despite the beauty of its music, La Circe fell into oblivion and has never been performed since.

More information at www.arsminerva.org

SOURCE: IIC San Francisco

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