Inspired by the Italian comic intermezzi, Pimpinone is about social class differences and humanity as the narcissistic Pimpinone is stung by the beauty and barbs of his charming chambermaid, Vespetta. The cantata Ino is drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
Pimpinone: Douglas Williams, Pimpinone. Danielle Reuter-Harrah, Vespetta. Boston Early Music Festival, photo Kathy Wittman
Ino: Amanda Forsythe, Ino. Boston Early Music Festival, photo Kathy Wittman
Performed in Boston at NEC’s Jordan Hall, November 27, 2021