Tickets: Admission is free; no tickets required
Details online at http://collectio-musicorum-upcoming.blogspot.com/
In 1850, Giuseppe Verdi began composing an opera based on a contentious play that was banned in France. Victor Hugo’s Le Roi S’amuse featured a licentious ruler who did whatever he wanted, including seducing women and killing their husbands, and who did so without worrying about any consequences.
But Verdi’s opera was not complete fiction. The title character in Rigoletto was based on a real jester, Nicolas Ferrial, called Triboulet, who lived from 1479 to 1536. The sumptuous Renaissance setting of the opera influenced the composer, as did music from that time period.
Collectio Musicorum (“Collection of Music”) presents highlights from Verdi’s opera alongside music of earlier composers, including Tromboncino, Landini, Monteverdi, Attaingnant, Sermisy, Gonzaga, Jannequin, Rossi, and others who are less well known, including the single surviving piece by the mysterious French composer Abel.
The performance takes place on Friday, May 17th at 8 PM at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023. Admission is free.
The musicians of Collectio Musicorum are under the direction of Jeff S. Dailey.
About the ensemble:
Collectio Musicorum, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation whose mission is to present the best possible performances of music from the earliest of times. Founded five years ago by Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, it presents concerts and workshops focusing on music that is not heard anywhere else. Collectio Musicorum is a member of Early Music America and the New York Opera Alliance.
Further details may be found here: http://collectio-musicorum.blogspot.com/
Music Director Jeff Dailey studied musicology and theatre history at NYU, where he received his PhD in 2002. He is an active instrumentalist, musicologist, conductor, and stage director. His publications include studies of medieval and Renaissance music and theatre, Eugene O’Neill, Beowulf, Donizetti, and Gilbert and Sullivan. He has been president of the Greater New York Chapter of the American Musicological Society since 2008.