The Fondazione Giorgio Cini, in collaboration with the foundations Concordance, Irma Merk, and L. + Th. La Roche, has organized an Early-Music Seminar planned for November 2018, focused on the comparison between the Caribbean Concerts Spirituels and the Messes à l’usage des nègres (Mass settings to be sung by slaves of Caribbean plantations) of the period 1750-80. Both repertoires highlight the artistic richness and social tensions typical for the microcosm of Caribbean cultures at the dawn of the Haitian revolution.
On February 18-23, 2019 the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, once again in collaboration with the foundations Concordance, Irma Merk, and L. + Th. La Roche, will hold a further (and complementary) Early Music Seminar, focusing on the operatic repertoires of the French-Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue in about the same period. In particular, the Seminar will examine the career of Elisabeth Alexandrine Louise (stage name Minette), the first title-role singer of colour, and granddaughter of a freed slave. After her debut in February 1781, Minette sang in some forty operas and became the most celebrated title-role singer of the colony while founding something of a myth and provoking highly controversial critical reactions, witnessed by the local press of the time.
The Fondazione Giorgio Cini is pleased to announce a new series of collaborations with TORCH – The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, generously funded by the John Fell OUP Fund, that will bring students and professors from Oxford to Venice, to pursue research projects at the Cini’s Vittore Branca Center for visiting scholars.
In 2011 Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Renaissance Society of America (RSA) established the Patricia H. Labalme Grant, awarding $3,000 to a selected American scholar willing to study Renaissance-related topics in Venice, working at the Vittore Branca Center for one month.
In 2014 Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Renaissance Society of America (RSA), with the generous support of the Kress Foundation, established the RSA-Kress Patricia H. Labalme Grant, awarding $3,000 to a selected American art historian willing to study Renaissance Art-related topics in Venice, working at the Vittore Branca Center for one month.