Adult Musical Puppet Theatre. Santa Cecilia dei macelli (una voce che poco “ fa”)
Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
The Study Centre for Documentary Research into European Drama and Opera has promoted an Adult Musical Puppet Theatre show entitled Santa Cecilia dei macelli (una voce che poco “ fa”), performed by the company La Fede delle Femmine, directed by Margot Galante Garrone. The music will include some American popular melodies sung completely out of tune by the US opera singer Florence Jenkins and some excerpts from the opera I puritani e i cavalieri by Vincenzo Bellini sung by Maria Callas. In the early 20th century Florence Jenkins could perform in the United States because her considerable wealth enabled her to hire major venues and even pay the always large audiences.
The “butchery” (macelli) presided over by Cecilia, saint of musicians – a parody of Brecht’s Saint Joan of the Stockyards, heightened by Jenkin’s incredibly out of tune bawling – are horrifi c events wreaking bloodshed round the world: from the destruction of the Twin Towers and real animal butchers to shipwrecks and natural disasters, such as earthquakes. And much more.
The show will be performed at 5 pm every Thursday from 18 October to 29 November; required booking by telephone (041 2710236) or email (email@example.com).