Presented by Cabaret Fringe Festival
Reviewed 19 June 2018
La Virtuosissima Cantatrice takes you on a journey through the Baroque period of music from Venice 400 years ago, and the brave women who dared to follow their passion of singing and composing music. The story presented is one of emotion, passion, strength and comparison to modern times. The tribute to the accomplished women of that period begins with an introduction to the music of Barbara Strozzi who was known as La Virtuosissima Cantatrice.
The captivating operatic voice of Kate Macfarlane is mesmerising as she flawlessly dances around the Italian language like an experienced linguist. The harpsichord creates an added element of authenticity to the performance that is both intense at times and comically entertaining in other moments. Through each trill and roll of the tongue, the power of the emotion is easily appreciated even if the words are not understood.
The intimate atmosphere of La Boheme creates the perfect environment to settle in, order a cocktail and get up close and personal with the small stage. During the show there are moments of opportunity to connect with the performer as she interacts with the audience.
Whether you are an opera buff, or have not ever experienced it previously, La Virtuosissima Cantatrice will captivate your attention and admiration for the women who made such a contribution to the art in those times.
La Virtuosissima Cantatrice is an interesting journey through history that is elegantly entertaining, uplifting and has a little twist at the end to remind the audience how the music of a time long ago is still relevant today.
Reviewed by Alison Williams