Barbara Strozzi is the composer who has the most publications of profane vocal music in Venice around 1650 to her name. No other composer could keep up with her. Strozzi was also an esteemed singer and it is more than likely that she sang her compositions more than once. Today, she continues to convince with her direct, lyrical style and musical contrasts.
Her short arias, like Monteverdi's solo madrigals, are the direct precursors of the most widespread vocal genre in Italy: the solo cantata. Practically every Italian Baroque composer composed such cantatas, from Bononcini to Vivaldi. And the genre was also loved outside Italy, as is evident from Handel's oeuvre.
The "Strozzi" of this concert is mezzo-soprano Victorina Eeckeloo. The basso continuo is played by Phyllis Bartholomeus, cello and Bart Naessens, harpsichord.
flamboyante Rossini’s, dromerige Debussy’s en pittige cabaret songs
Victorina Eeckeloo and Katherine Sebring perform a varied program.
In quartets, trios, duos and solos
A contemporary look at Flemish heritage
The Brussels Opera Theatre celebrates 11 July with a somewhat unusual, but extremely captivating concert featuring the trio Itzel Devos and Victorina Eeckeloo, vocals, and Emmy Wils at the piano.
We highlight the dialogue between Flemish poets who wrote in Dutch, such as Hedwig Speliers and Hugo Claus, and that other group who published in other languages.
Inspired by the style of the Flemish Primitives and the atmosphere of the songs, painter Anselm Eeckeloo is currently creating a new retable. This work will be shown to the public for the first time during the concert.
Of course, the programme also includes Flemish songs by Dirk Brossé, Frans Geysen and Frédéric Devreese, among others. "Vannacht" (Night), once composed for the Eurovision Song Contest, but then rejected, is also on the programme. Daniel Sternefeld is also present with his beautiful harmonisations of real, authentic Flemish folk songs, such as "Ik zag Cecilia komen". You will be coming too, won't you?
When: 11th of July 2022 at 14.30 and 17.00
Where: Goede Bijstandkerk, kolenmarkt 91, 1000 Brussels