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Cocktails & Chit-Chat

During the pandemic, Céline created an online series, Cocktails & Chit-Chat. The series highlights some little-known composers and projects like Antonia Bembo's Ercole Amante, Chevalier Saint Georges's L'Amant Anonyme, Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero. 

Céline is excited to share these rare pieces and to engage in a conversation about these unfairly neglected composers. 

Every event has its own special cocktail! More on Ars Minerva's website.

"Ars Minerva's online series Cocktails & Chit-Chat is in keeping with Ricci's philosophy of making a virtue out of necessity. It's low-tech and home-produced, but all the more spontaneous and appealing as a result. Each 30-minute episode features informal talks, interviews, and performances centered on a theme. Topics have included backstage insights, underperformed composers such as Antonia Bembo, Joseph Bologne, and Francesca Caccini, and the role of Naples in 17th- and 18th-century operatic culture. The upcoming episode on 9 December will be a preview of Messalina, with highlights performed by some of its featured singers and instrumentalists. As an added bonus, Ricci provides a delicious (sometimes too delicious) cocktail recipe to accompany each episode; Messalina's Cocktail is utterly addictive, and worth the suggested donation all by itself. [...] Once again Ricci's group provides a model of creativity, innovation, resourcefulness and sheer enjoyment that arts organizations with budgets many times its size would do well to emulate."

Messalina - A Preview

The Neapolitan School


Francesca Caccini's Alcina - Excerpts

Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Antonia Bembo

Opera & Design

Costume Design

Opera Translations

San Francisco


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