Arminio in Armenia: A Budget Epic

Jun 22 2014 - 2:30pm
Jun 22 2014 - 4:30pm


St. Stephens and St. Martins Church
809 Jefferson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11221
United States
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Performers and/or Faculty: 
Opera Feroce: Hayden DeWitt, mezzo-soprano; Alan Dornak, countertenor and baritone; Beth Anne Hatton, soprano  Vita Wallace, Baroque violin; Jessica Park, Baroque violin; Joe Trent, traverso Motomi Igarashi, viola da gamba; Kelly Savage, harpsichord

A semi-staged version of Opera Feroce's most ambitious work to date. Arminio in Armenia is an affectionate send-up of Baroque opera – a “faux-pera seria” – created by combining virtuosic music by the Italian composer Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) with a plot conceived by Opera Feroce’s Hayden DeWitt. Porpora was known as the premier voice teacher of his day, having even the great castrato Farinelli as a student; his exciting, dramatically expressive, and wide-ranging vocal writing was the impetus behind this project. Arminio’s scenario pokes fun at common conceits of Porpora’s day: an exotic locale (Massachusetts!), mistaken identity, sorcery, star-crossed lovers, swordplay, and a shipwreck. All music is sung in the (nearly) original Italian, except for the recitatives, which have freshly-written text in English supporting the new story. Performed by three singers playing six roles, and a chamber ensemble of period instrumentalists. For more information, please visit
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