La Dafne

Jakob Auer, Apollo und Daphne, avorio, 1690

Marco da Gagliano, La Dafne

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Firenze, Giardino di Boboli, 25 June 2018

 Qui la versione in italiano

Dafne returns to Florence four centuries later

Today’s operatic life is the uninterrupted continuation of a tradition that, even with countless changes, can be traced back to 1589, when a performance of sung and danced stage actions was set up for the wedding of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinando I de’ Medici with Cristina of Lorraine.

But almost ten years before a group of intellectuals – the Camerata de’ Bardi, which had taken it’s name from Giovanni Bardi’s mansion where they met to discuss music, literature, arts and science – formalized this musical form that originates from two elements: one is musical, the victory of monodic singing over polyphony, and the other is literary…

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