The Imaginarium 2021: Shadow Puppet Opera
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About the Event
Join us for our first ever shadow puppet opera of Monteverdi's Il Combattimento! Singers include Kristen Sibley, Alex Wheeler and Patricia Alessi, with keyboardist Robert Graham. This show will showcase shadow puppet specialist Spark Sanders-Robinson’s interpretation of one of the first operas ever written, with production specialist Pippa Davis.
Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda translates from Italian to The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda. Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, SV 153, is an operatic scena for three voices by Claudio Monteverdi. The opera's libretto (story) comes from Torquato Tasso's La Gerusalemme Liberata.
The story is a Romance set against the backdrop of the First Crusade of 1096–1099, when Godfrey of Bouillon conquered Jerusalem. It is about a Christian knight, Tancredi, and a Saracen girl, Clorinda, who are lovers; however, when they meet in battle, they do not recognise each other because their faces are covered by armour.
Tancredi hits Clorinda mortally, but he only realises who she is after removing her helmet. He baptises her before she dies, and she sees Heaven opening. A narrator, called testo in Italian, tells the majority of the story's action, with Tancredi and Clorinda literally battling to the death.
This performance of Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda is sponsored by the City of Belmont and The Imaginarium 2021. We are thrilled to be partnering with them on this performance.
See you there!
Check out the City's website for tickets and details!