The Italian Queen of France

The musical legacy of Catherine de Medici

The Toronto Consort - The Italian Queen of France

November 11 & 12 8 pm

Daughter of Florence and Queen of France, Catherine de Medici was undoubtedly the most powerful and controversial woman in all of Europe during the 16th century. A great believer in the power of artistic display to manifest her influence, she held sway over France for many tumultuous decades. We present to you the musical legacy of this fascinating woman and the glittering entourage of artists who surrounded her, with music by Adrian LeRoy, Claude LeJeune and Guillaume Costelay. Also featured on the program will be a performance by senior students from the School of Atelier Ballet, choreographed by Opera Atelier Co-Artistic Director Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg

This production together with choreography by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg
and the students of the School of Atelier Ballet
are generously supported by Vivian E. Pilar.

Join Jane Couchman – Professor emerita of French and Women’s Studies, Glendon College, York University for the Pre-Concert Talk – “Catherine de’ Medici, the Italian Queen of France, Patron of the Arts, Music, and Dance.” Talks are FREE and held one hour before the concerts at 7pm, in the gymnasium.


Looking for more to do this weekend?
Consider attending The Orlando Furioso: From Print to Digital, Five Centuries of Reading Ariosto, An International Symposium. Hosted by The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, The University of Toronto, on November 11 and 12.

The first edition of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso was printed in Ferrara in 1516. The radically innovative romance-epic quickly affirmed itself as a bestseller, and over the last five centuries it has exerted a profound influence on literary traditions and offered a rich source for the visual arts, theatre, and music. This symposium celebrates the quincentenary of the Furioso by gathering in Toronto a distinguished group of scholars to consider the poem’s fortunes from the perspective of reading. Approaching the question from a broad range of disciplines, the speakers will discuss the kinds of readers intended by Ariosto, the modes of reading envisaged by printers and editors as well as those enacted by critics, translators and writers, and the visual readings imagined by artists. The hope is that the exploration of the Furioso’s complex historical reception will contribute to an understanding of the evolving experience of reading in the digital age.

Registration ranges from $29-$69. For more information about this exciting event, please click here.