The Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition concert performance of Mulier Fortis, or ‘Strong Woman’

23 February 2018, 5.00 PM - 23 February 2018, 7.00 PM

Dr Makoto Harris Takao and Professor Yasmin Haskell

The Victoria Rooms, Bristol

The Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition have teamed up with the University’s Madrigal and Baroque Ensembles to present a rare concert performance of Mulier Fortis, or ‘Strong Woman’. This musical drama, first produced in 1698 by Viennese Jesuit Johann Baptist Adolph and composer Johann Bernhardt Staudt, celebrates the martyrdom of a Japanese noblewoman who converted to Christianity in the 16th century.

Ethnomusicologist and baroque musician, Dr Makoto Harris Takao, along with Professor Yasmin Haskell, will provide a short introduction to this fascinating piece, which portrays the collision between Christian values and Japanese tradition in a Classical context. The Ensembles will then perform extracts from Mulier Fortis using period instruments to capture the drama’s personified emotions, which, like the chorus in Greek tragedy, act as a symbolic commentary on the action.

Since its debut for the Holy Roman Empress, Eleonor Magdalene, and her husband, Leopold I, Mulier Fortis has only been performed rarely; in Tokyo, Cambridge, and Perth, Australia. Our celebration provides a unique opportunity to experience this exciting musical drama and meet the scholars and performers who have brought it to life.

The concert will begin at 5:00 pm in the Victoria Rooms, Bristol. This will be followed by a drinks reception from 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm. 

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