Women of the Baroque
Canoro pianto et affetti

Women of the Baroque
Friday, March 22, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
Live! at 10th & G
Washington, DC

Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Alexandria, VA


Paulina Francisco

Paulina Francisco

Paula Maust

Paula Maust

Joanna Blendulf, principal

Joanna Blendulf
viola da gamba

Deborah Fox

Deborah Fox
lute & theorbo


Canoro pianto et affetti explores the musical world of 17th-century women through songs for solo voice. This program is inspired by the 1613 collection Canoro pianto di Maria Vergine sopra la faccia di Christo estinto (“The singing cries of the Virgin Mary over the face of the deceased Christ”). The program features select monodies arranged into a song cycle, including two compositions attributed to the Milanese nun Claudia Sessa, continuing with secular monodies by women composers similarly themed on Christ’s facial features. In a program devised and curated by rising-star soprano Paulina Francisco, this promises to be an evening of delightful discovery!

Paulina Francisco, soprano
Paula Maust, harpsichord
Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba
Deborah Fox, lute & theorbo

Read the Program Notes

Running time: approximately 75 minutes with no intermission

Margarita Brose, underwriter


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