Baroque music by female composers is a repertoire that is rarely performed live in our times. For his latest project DONNE D’AMORE, Burak Özdemir has created a unique pasticcio program that exclusively contains works by female composers of the 16th and 17th centuries. The project highlights unknown pieces of music by amazing composers, such as Caccini, Vizzana, Strozzi, Meda and Leonarda.
‘‘After my latest opera KASSIA was based on the personal life and art of the Byzantine composer St. Kassiani of Constantinople, I wanted to learn more about the women artists throughout history. The music industry, like many other industries today, is still predominantly male-dominated. We see this clearly with most conductors, theater directors, opera directors and label owners. It is important to listen to these historical composers today: I believe that we have a lot to learn from our history,” explains Burak Özdemir. The project’s soloist, soprano Margret Bahr, has appeared in Özdemir’s previous productions such as ATLAS PASSION and HANDEL MORPHINE. The Berlin baroque ensemble Musica Sequenza plays the program on historical instruments from the 17th century.
MARGRET BAHR | Soprano BURAK ÖZDEMIR | Artistic Director & Baroque Bassoon
KAORI KOBAYASHI | Baroque Violin CHANG YUN YOO | Baroque Viola LINDA MANTCHEVA | Baroque Cello MIRJAM WITTULSKI | Contrabass PEDRO ALCACER | Theorbo TILMANN ALBRECHT | Organ