La Dolce Morte

Anthony Ross Constanzo

Anthony Ross Costanzo, countertenor

The Crested Butte Music Festival and the Earle Brown Music Foundation are proud to present the monodrama La Dolce Morte on poems by Michelangelo as the final TIME SPANS event of 2016. Composed by Suzanne Farrin for the renowned International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the phenomenal countertenor Anthony Ross Costanzo, the piece had its world premiere on April 1st, 2016, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The three MET shows were sold out and the New York Times called the piece “an unforgettable performance.”

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475 – 1564) – THE Michelangelo who gave us the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the statue of David, was not only a painter and sculptor, but also an accomplished writer who wrote over 300 poems.

Suzanne Farrin writes in her “Notes on the Program”:

“In 1532 Michelangelo met the young nobleman Tommaso dei Cavalieri. Though the details of their relationship are unknown, we know that the meeting inspired the artist to compose intense poetry that deals with the joy and complexity of carnal desire and spiritual fulfillment.”

Several of the poems set to music by Farrin are from this collection, full of admiration, but also jealousy, pain, longing, desire and guilt.

The line that gives this extraordinary piece its title stems from one of Michelangelo’s “Prisoner Poems” though: “…e chi v’ama con fede transcende a Dio e fa dolce la morte.” “…and he who loves you faithfully transcends to God and finds death sweet…”

Staging and lighting for the evening will be directed by Doug Fitch, a polymath American artist and director. In New York City he is well known for his inventive stage work for concerts with the New York Philharmonic as the founder of “Giants are Small.”

The duration of the performance will be approximately one hour.

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