Artemisia (2019)

Composition by Laura Schwendinger 
Libretto by Ginger Strand

Projection Design by Andrew Lucia

Dorothea and Artemisia

presented by
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

World Premier (Chamber Ensemble)

Z Space, San Francisco
June 1 + 2, 2019

Matilda Hofman, conductor
Jenn BeVard, director
Maggie Whitaker, costume designer
Allen Willner, lighting designer
Andrew Lucia, projections
Angrette McCloskey, set design
Elisabeth Reeves, stage manager

Betany Coffland, Artemisia
Kyle Stegall, Tommaso
Marnie Breckenridge, Susanna
Jonathan Smucker, Eldzer 1
Igor Vieira, Elder 2
Nikki Einfeld, Abra

Kate Stenberg, violin
Leighton Fong, cello
Stacey Pelinka, flute
Leslie Tagorda, clarinet
Loren Mach, percussion
Constance Koo, harp
Anne Rainwater, piano

Photo Credit: Vivian Sachs
Artemisia, a new opera by Laura Schwendinger with libretto by Ginger Strand, is an opera of passion, betrayal, and art in 17th Century Italy based upon the life of famed painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 - c.1656). With projected images that come to life, the opera tackles Gentileschi’s struggles and triumphs as she battles inequality and reveals hidden stories.

Lucia’s projections reflect Gentileschi’s tumuluous life and blindness, continually reworking and degrading the artist’s original paintings in real time, allowing the audience to experience Gentileschi's visual decline with her.