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The Island of the Amazons

Baroque Opera with Power Women

Whether or not women could do everything at least as well as men if given the opportunity was already being discussed in the 17th century. Amazons took the stage by storm – in Carlo Pallavicino’s opera »Le Amazzoni nell’isole fortunate« quite literally as a huge army. Its commissioner had an open-air theatre purpose-built for the world premiere. Almost 350 years later Pallavicino’s amazons celebrate their comeback in the Palace Theatre.


Carlo Pallavicino
Le Amazzoni  nell’isole  fortunate (The Amazons on the Islands of Happiness, 1679)

Dramma per musica
Based on a libretto by Francesco Maria Piccioli


Axelle Fanyo, Pulcheria
Clara Guillon, Il Genio & Auralba
Eleonore Gagey, La Difficoltà & Cillene
Iryna Kyshliaruk, Florinda
Anara Khassenova, Jocasta
Marco Angioloni, Anapiet
Olivier Cesarini, Il Timore & Sultan


Christophe Rousset, musical director
Nicola Raab, stage director
Marc de Pierrefeu, video

Beautiful, smart and bellicose Pulcheria, queen of the amazons, runs a tight ship on her island state. Until that is, a man is shipwrecked on her shore and manages to thoroughly confuse her. Just now as her people are mobilizing against a mighty enemy! Pallavicino’s mercurial score is in no way inferior to the joyfully crazy storytelling of the libretto: hardly ever has the story of Amor’s power weakening both strong women and tough men been told so gorgeously. Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques act as guarantors for musical delectation and internationally renowned stage director Nicola Raab applies modern means to reviving baroque pictorial worlds.

Performance in Italian with German surtitles
Length: about 2 ½ hours including one intermission

New production Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci and Les Talens Lyriques
With the generous support of Ms Aline Foriel-Destezet.
This project also receives the support of the Centre National de la Musique (CNM), and  Institut Français + Ville de Paris.

The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles is produced under license from Ars Minerva Inc. and Ars Minerva Inc reserves all rights in such. 

With kind support from