Henry Purcell Society of Boston
WINTER VIRTUAL EVENT
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2022 AT 8PM
We are thrilled that historian Diana Solomon accepted our invitation to discuss the role of women on the Restoration Era stage, with special attention to the “Mad Song,” soprano Anne Bracegirdle and composer John Eccles. With the help of her composer friends (Eccles, Purcell and others), Anne Bracegirdle was able to restore her image as a “virtuous actress” amid a vicious public scandal that nearly destroyed her career. Diana Solomon has written numerous articles from the feminist perspective on the roles women had to play in Restoration Comedies, and also how “mad songs” played a role in creating public sympathy for Anne Bracegirdle. Want to know what it was like to be a female actor on the 17th century stage? Join us for the discussion!
Pre-recorded mad songs performed by Amanda Forsythe and Sarah Yanovitch- Vitale will be premiered at this free event. The panelists include historian Robert Lublin and HPSOB Artistic Director, Jessica Cooper.