MARIN BAROQUE presents the delightful opera, Venus & Adonis, by John Blow
Date: May 28, 2014
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Marin Baroque chamber choir and period instrument orchestra, with Music Director Daniel Canosa and Stage Director Marla Volovna, will present the short pastoral opera, Venus & Adonis by John Blow. We will feature the San Francisco Renaissance Dancers, directed by Jennifer Meller.
Venus: Elsa Nicol & Helen Zindarsian
Adonis: Nik Nackley
Cupid: Rosemary Beecher Bryant
What happens when a goddess falls for a mortal? The comic and tragic tale of Venus & Adonis, the first English opera by John Blow, composed for the Stuart court, tells the story of the love between the goddess Venus and the beautiful adolescent, Adonis. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” Venus tells Adonis and at her urging, the reluctant Adonis leaves her bed for the hunt and is gored to death by a wild boar.
The earliest surviving English opera, presented as a masque for the entertainment of the court, Venus & Adonis is full of delightful music in the French style and includes dance tunes of the period. Jennifer Meller will be joined by Rachel Griffiths and Julie Lawton. We will have special appearances by Mill Valley Middle School students as little Cupids. Come join in our delight in presenting this special performance!
Performances are on Friday and Saturday, June 20 & 21, 8 to 9:30 PM, First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo, 72 Kensington Rd 94960.
photo from 2013's Acis & Galatea