Here’s a little rehearsal video for the Passion project, made last week. The musicians are basically the same as for Sarie and Alberto’s Renaissance group, Suavis Concentus, which will be ready to start performing in the fall. The orchestra for the premiere of the Passion, however, will hopefully be much larger. That’s why they’re fundraising! They have about 40% of their needed funds raised with a month left to go.
Anyway, the video has a sample aria for soprano, Baroque flute, lute and viola da gamba. Alberto, as composer, usually conducts, but here of course he’s holding the camera instead. And who is the soprano? Sarie! This was her first attempt at exposed singing, so she was a bit uncomfortable, but Alberto kept trying to reassure her that she could do it, so eventually she consented. She won’t be the soprano in the premiere, but she did get into the part enough to give me a mock glare and say, “Don’t even try to negotiate with me. I’m a soprano!”
The clip is about a minute long and was filmed in our living room. Enjoy!