Cancelled: Angels of Paradise

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Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Angels of Paradise on Tuesday 27 October has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

All ticket holders are entitled to a full refund via their original point of purchase. We are currently in the process of arranging refunds.

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Event details

Early music specialists Vivien Hamilton, Rosemary Hodgson and Ruth Wilkinson have been performing together for over 20 years.

United in Auncient Hermony, they perform a wide array of early vocal and instrumental music, frequently collaborating with like-minded artists.

Famed Italian composer Giulio Caccini called Laura Peverara, Anna Guarini and Livia D’Arco the ‘Angels of Paradise’. In the 16th century, this trio of female singers gave the premieres of many beautiful virtuoso arias and madrigals. With the addition of lute and the viola da gamba they became musical superstars under the patronage of Duke Alfonso II of Ferrara. The three ladies improvised and memorised their own embellishments, holding a strong influence over the madrigal composers. This concert is a celebration of their legacy, which redefined the relationship of women to music, opening a pathway for the next generation of female composers.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Auncient Hermony


Auncient Hermony
Vivien Hamilton mezzo-soprano
Rosemary Hodgson lute
Ruth Wilkinson viola da gamba/recorder

Josie Ryan soprano
Helen Thomson soprano


Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Troppo ben può questo tiranno
Cor mio deh non languire
Ch’io non t’ami, cor mio:?

Giovanni Bassano
Anchor de col partire

Francesca Caccini
Fresche Aurette
O Vive Rose

Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Aura soave
Deh vieni ormai
Non sa he sia dolore

Alessandro Piccinini

Luca Marenzio
Ad una fresca riva
Dagli occhi il dolce giro

Luzzasco Luzzaschi
O Primavera
Stral pungo d’amore
O dolcezze’ama