Ars Minerva's mission is to bring music back to life that has not been played since its creation in the Baroque era. The operas and the music Ars Minerva has revived so far harken back to the birth of opera as a commercial endeavor and popular form of entertainment in Venice. We aim to engage new audiences for classical music through innovative productions of Baroque operas. Our staged productions are modern—we place our re-creations of Baroque scores in a context that makes them relevant to today’s world.
Ars Minerva is proud to primarily collaborate with local artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are fortunate to have talented professional singers and musicians who fully embrace the process of musical re-creation.
Since its inception, Ars Minerva has presented the modern world premieres of five long-forgotten Venetian operas in San Francisco:
-March 2015: La Cleopatra, composed by Daniele da Castrovillari for the 1662 Venice carnival season.
-May 2016: The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles, composed by Carlo Pallavicino in 1679.
-September 2017: La Circe, composed by Pietro Andrea Ziani in 1665.
-November/December 2018: Ifigenia in Aulide, composed by Giovanni Porta in 1738.
-November 2019: Ermelinda, composed by Domenico Freschi in 1680.
Our 2019 Ermelinda production garnered great critical praise. For the SF Chronicle, J. Kosman praised “the most thrillingly inventive and alluring offering in the company’s five-year history” thanks to “the charm and beauty bestowed on it by a first-rate cast and crew” and the resulting “air of electricity and fervor.”
In addition, Ars Minerva has collaborated with other Bay Area organizations such as Humanities West, The Museum of Performance + Design, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, and The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and the Lick Observatory for their Music of the Spheres series.