Truth is often darker than fiction.
Featuring a dramatized performance of Cesarina Ricci’s Il Primo Libro di Madrigali and songs by Barbara Strozzi, this opera collage explores the lives of three courtly women in the last days of the D’Este court at Ferrara. 6 months after the death of Duke Alfonso II, on the night of May 3, 1598, the Concerto Delle Donne gathers to perform one last time. Anna Guarini (daughter of the famed poet Giovanni Battista Guarini) is facing increased mortal threats from her sadistic husband, Ercole Trotti. Laura Peverara, Anna’s fellow singer and best friend, is determined to save Anna. With the help of retired politician and abuse survivor Lucrezia D’Este, the two fight to free Anna from the imprisonment of an abusive relationship.