The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles is the latest production by the company Ars Minerva, that loves to revive long forgotten operas.





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Last year, we had interviewed Céline Ricci, the founder of the Company Ars Minerva for the production of La Cleopatra. Read the interview.



The Amazons in the fortunate isles is a baroque opera composed by Carlo Pallavicino in 1679.


The opera of Pallavicino takes place in the legendary Fortunates Isles located in the Atlantic Ocean, a winterless earthly paradise inhabited by the heroes of Greek mythology.


After their defeat against the Greeks at the battle of Thermodon, the Amazons migrated to the Fortunate Isles, but one day, a moorish corsair shipwrecked on the shore … and everything changed.


''Can I be an Amazon, yet not a warrior? In this instant, Love has turned me from a fighter to a lover.'' So says the Queen whose conflicted feelings and questions will reveal her to the public as a modern heroine who doesn’t want to give up love or her leadership. Nothing less is expected from the other characters, some of whom will experience love through change of sexuality, some through intrigues, or some even through madness.


The Amazons by Ars Minerva is a production with an obvious French touch. With Celine Ricci of course, but also Muriel Maffre for the choreography and the soprano Aurélie Veruni.


Born in Enghien-les Bains, near Paris, Muriel Maffre received her ballet training from the Paris Opéra Ballet School and Paris National Conservatory of Music from which she graduated with a Premier Prix with honors. Prior to joining San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 1990, Muriel danced with the Hamburg Ballet and Monte-Carlo Ballet. She retired from San Francisco Ballet with a Farewell Gala on May, 6 2007. Since, Muriel has been working in dance education and public humanities with institutions such as the Richmond Art Center, LINES Ballet, Stanford University, the Oakland Museum of California and the Cantor Art Center. She is currently the Executive Director at the Museum of Performance + Design in San Francisco.




The French soprano Aurélie Veruni will sing the part of the Amazon Queen Pulcheria. Soprano Aurélie Veruni, 28, was recently named winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Washington District. Aurélie looks forward to joining the Des Moines Metro Opera Studio for the summer of 2016 where she will be covering the title role of Massenet's Manon. She has just completed her Post Graduate Degree and Master Degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Read more about in this article de The Examiner.






Presented by Ars Minerva

@ the Marines' Memorial Theatre

609 Sutter Street, San Francisco (@ Mason Street)

Saturday, May 21, 2016 @ 7:30pm

Sunday, May 22, 2016 @ 2pm

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