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Asteria (Sylvia Rhyne, soprano, and Eric Redlinger, tenor and lute) brings to life the exquisite love songs of medieval Burgundy. Their historically informed settings and intimate interpretations are based on extensive archival research into original sources in Paris, The Hague, and Basel, Switzerland.

Asteria has been heralded as “meltingly beautiful” by The New York Times and as“captivating and intimate” by Goldberg Magazine.

Asteria takes its name from the Greek word for stars, and indeed the stars aligned when Sylvia and Eric first sang together. They immediately captured the 2004 “Unicorn Prize,” the highest honor in Early Music America’s first Medieval and Renaissance Performance Competition, launching a career that has taken them across the United States and around the world.

Semi-staged and sung from memory, Asteria’s performances create an indelible impression, transporting the audience to the age of chivalry with radiant love songs of timeless appeal. The duo’s four CDs feature a range of late medieval music from the better-known Vergine Bella and Se La Face Ay Pale to re-discovered works gleaned from original source material, bringing to life songs rarely, if ever, heard since the 15th century.

Based in New York and Vermont, Sylvia and Eric serve as artists-in-residence at the Chateau de Germolles in Burgundy, France, every spring, where they continue their research into the medieval music they so deeply cherish.

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