Adelaide’s Bethany Hill has a voice that can effortlessly adapt to musical styles spanning many centuries and is an accomplished actor with a subtle and intelligent approach to text. She performs here a beautiful concert of medieval and early-baroque repertoire, created by women for women to sing. Two of them—12th century genius Hildegard of Bingen and prolific 17th century liturgical composer Isabella Leonarda—were cloistered as girls but their minds roamed free. The other two, Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini, moved in the worldliest of circles but daily faced the invisible walls of patriarchal norms. Both lauded for their virtuoso musicianship, Caccini achieved wealth and patronage in life but neglect in death, while the distinction of Strozzi’s eight volume output was (and to this day remains) diminished by gossip about her sex life.
Gorgeously expressive secular and sacred vocal music, also featuring outstanding Australian oboist Ben Opie.
Works by Hildegard von Bingen, Isabella Leonarda, Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi
Bethany Hill, soprano Ben Opie, oboe Ludovico’s Band