The virtuosa singer in the academies of early modern Italy

Event Date: 
17 Sep 2018

A concert of music by Giulio Caccini, Francesca Caccini, Claudio Monteverdi, Marc’Antonio Pasqualini and Barbara Strozzi.




7pm, Room 106, first floor Gordon House 29 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PP



Soprano: Christina Birchall-Sampson

Lute/theorbo: Richard MacKenzie

Presentations: Amy Brosius (University of Birmingham), Lisa Sampson (UCL)


One of the outstanding features of Italian music and theatre culture in the late 16th and 17th centuries was the rise of the female virtuosa, or skilled singer, actress and performer. In some cases virtuose became ‘stars’ on the professional or court stage, but they equally attracted intense criticism and bans. This event presents music by some of the early elite and professional virtuose singers, poets and composers, and explores contexts, protagonists and musical features. It brings new research perspectives by focusing on private, intellectual circles like academies, which were characteristic of this period and the setting of often less documented, but experimental performances and voices.


All are welcome but please ensure you book a ticket by 10th September:



This event is generously sponsored by UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies