October 8, 1:15 PM EDT
Burning River Baroque casts a musical spotlight on the pioneering actresses of Elizabethan theater this week on Midtown Concerts. Enjoy works by Purcell, Blow, CPE Bach, and more, in their program, ‘A Mad, Burning Desire.’
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The right for women to legally appear on the English theater stage converged with early modern society’s fascination with mental illness. Mad songs consequently became quite popular, and singing them catapulted English soprano-actresses to fame as they portrayed characters who violently descended into lovesick madness on the Restoration stage.
Malina Rauschenfels, voice
Paula Maust, harpsichord
(William Dowd 1980 French double harpsichord)
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