Emilio de' Cavalieri (1550 - 1602)

"Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo" 


Opera in trhee acts // concert persformance

MAY 25, 2024 / 8 PM | SENDESAAL BREMEN

MAY 26, 2024 / 5 PM | ST. LAMBERTI KIRCHE OLDENBURG

ANIMA | Hana Blažíková 

CORPO & TEMPO | Raffaele Giordani

INTELLETTO & PIACERE | Jan van Elsacker

CONSIGLIO & MONDO | Dominik Wörner

ANGELO CUSTODE | Erika Tandiono

VITA MONDANA & ANIMA BEATA | William Shelton


Orchid Kammerchor Bremen | Keno Hankel


Ella Smith & Elena Tsantidis | soprano

Julie Comparini & Nina Böhlke | alto

Michel Gattwinkel & Keno Hankel | tenor

Dávid Csizmár & Francisco Henriques | bass


Violin | Mechthild Karkow & Rebecca Raimondi

Viola | Amy Shen

Percussion | Sebastian Flaig

Lirone | Frauke Hess

Harpsichord | Wiebke Weidanz


DIRECTION

Bernhard Reichel (theorbo)


On the occasion of the celebrations of the Holy Year 1600, in Rome, Emilio de’ Cavalieri's "Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo" (The Play of Soul and Body) was created, making it the oldest surviving and the first printed opera:


Anima (the soul) is saddened: in her quest for peace and happiness, she encounters only sorrow and boredom. Corpo (the body) tries to seduce her with worldly matters, but Anima aspires to higher ideals. Together, they decide to seek happiness in heaven and encounter many other allegorical figures along the way, such as worldly life, pleasure, the heart, time, the world, and reason. A guardian angel accompanies Anima and Corpo on their journey, helps them resist temptations, and rewards them after passing earthly trials with a place in heaven.


In a timeless parable, "Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo" tells the story of human existence as an inner conflict between sensuality, social conformity, vanity, and morality: How do we find true contentment in a fast-paced world, surrounded by capitalism, advertising, consumerism, and Instagram?