A Night in Florence

  with the Florentine Camerata

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Wedding of Marie de Medici to Henry IV of France, 1600. Oil on canvas, by Jacopo Chimenti, Uffizi Gallery, Florence


Brazilian Court Hotel

& Café Boulud

301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach

Tickets: $125 each

6PM Hors d' oeuvres and open bar

7:30 to 9PM SHOW

    Join us April 23 in Palm Beach at the Brazilian Court Hotel, in the Fountain Courtyard and Cafe Boulud, for 'A Night in Florence with the Florentine Camerata.'  We'll tell the inspiring story and show the fashions and social gatherings of the group of gentry, composers, writers and literati that invented opera in Renaissance Florence, and you'll hear selected opera ariasfrom the centuries that followed, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and more.  

    Tickets to this delightful evening ($125 per ticket) can be purchased online through our website at pbtheaterguild.org, or by check payable to the "Palm Beach Theater Guild" mailed to our address below, or call (561) 818-0170.  Each $125 ticket will include an invitation to a separate reception showing the richness of Florentine fabrics and fashions at Van Lear, Number 2 Via Parigi, Palm Beach.


    Can’t we see in the Palm Beach community many of the forces and elements that made Renaissance Florence so fruitful in fostering the arts?  Can we take some lessons from Florence in the 1400s and 1500s to see how they cultivated arts in storied homes, studios, salons and social settings?  The Palm Beach Theater Guild will raise these lively (and fun) questions in a stimulating evening of cocktails and opera arias, our ‘Night in Florence with the Florentine Camerata.’

    Our chosen focus for this gathering is the Florentine Camerata, a group of gentry, composers, writers and literati who met in notable houses in Florence and, by 1600, invented the art form of opera.  The first opera ever composed, ‘Dafne’ by Jacopo Peri (1598), is lost to us, but we have the second opera, ‘Euridice’ by Peri and Giulio Caccini, which was created to be performed at the wedding of Marie de Medici to King Henry IV of France in 1600.  We’ll play parts of that opera and show images of the homes, personages and fashions of the time (see Peri above), followed by selected arias from the centuries since then, including transcendent favorites from operas by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini.

    So join us for the story of the Camerata in Florence and the art form of opera that found its start there, an inspirational history challenging us in gatherings and activities in our community to pursue culture and cosmopolitan entertaining in social and cultural settings that can foster the performing and theater arts.

Palm Beach Theater Guild, Palm Beach, FL, (561) 818-0170

Seating is limited, please reserve today.


Purchase tickets by credit card or Paypal; order online at the Tickets/Membership button or send checks to:

Palm Beach Theater Guild
P.O. Box 667
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Tickets to Florentine Camerata

Florentine Camerata

Tuesday April 23, 2014

7:30-9PM SHOW

Tickets will be held at door, not mailed.


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