Orazio Vecchi's Madrigal Comedy L'Amfiparnaso
St. Patrick's Seminary Menlo Park
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Berkeley
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco
In his madrigal comedy L’Amfiparnaso ("The Twin Peaks of Parnassus") Orazio Vecchi blends pathos and buffoonery with exquisite melodies in satirizing the foibles of the human condition. Using characters and scenarios from the commedia dell’arte tradition, he tells a light-hearted tale of love and youthful rebellion in a series of amusing, and sometimes bawdy madrigals. For this staged production, Magnificat was joined by ‘comici’ from the Dell'Arte Company, who brought Vecchi’s amorous and witty madrigals to life. Costumes for this production were made possible through a generous grant from Svenska Kultur Fonden.