Now in its third season, Ensemble Settecento is an Austin-based orchestra and chorus dedicated to presenting historically informed performances of musical works from the 17th and 18th centuries. With programming that is both innovative and carefully researched by the artistic director, the ensemble’s mission is to promote and expose connoisseurs and newcomers alike to early music in Central Texas.
April 12 We'll be venturing into the world of opera for the first time, with an oratorio-style production of Carl Heinrich Graun's opera seria Montezuma. It's a retelling of the story of the Spanish invasion of Mexico in the sixteenth century, portraying Montezuma as an enlightened monarch. The libretto is by Graun's employer Frederick the Great, and it's not surprising that he chose to characterize the title character as a philosopher king, much as he saw himself. Sung in Italian with English supratitles.