Fuoco e Cenere:

Pulcinella, and the Neapolitan Puppet Tradition

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Fuoco e Cenere

Teatro Area Stage/Riviera Theatre1560 South Dixie HighwayCoral Gables (click here for map)


Play music *   Gagliano: La Dafne
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A hilarious and touching program featuring G. B. Pergolesi's most haunting melodies in the company of that rogue puppet Pulcinella.... Fuoco e Cenere serves up a healthy portion of the original works that so inspired Stravinsky's celebrated ballet. Featuring soprano Daphne Touchais and master marionettist Bruno Leone.

"Jay Bernfeld and his ensemble Fuoco E Cenere love to adventure into uncharted territory, daring new and singular experiences… "


"Conductor Jay Bernfield and the Fuoco E Cenere ensemble took great pains to balance carefully voices and orchestra. Their performance was a study in eloquent commitment…"

Goldberg Magazine review of "La Dafne" CD

"delightful performance by Bernfeld's talented ensemble of singers and instrumentalists. . . the seven-member cast displayed superb versatility, with light, flexible voices in the soaring coloratura and an innate stylish way with early-opera vocalism."

Miami Herald review of "La Dafne" TBMF IX 2008

Known to us through the music of Igor Stravinsky for the ballet of the same name, the musical ensemble brings to life the well-known comedia del arte figure with the long nose and strident voice. Leone, utilizes the character of Pulcinella, often called Punch or Punchinello in English, Polichinelle in French. His is a classical character that originated in the commedia dell'arte of the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry. Ever white-dressed and black-masked (hence conciliating the opposites of life and death), he stands out thanks to his peculiar voice, the sharp and vibrant of qualities of which contribute intense tempo of the show.

Fuoco e Cenere is led with brio by viol player and co-artistic director of the Tropical Baroque Music Festival, Jay Bernfeld, widely acclaimed as soloist and chamber musician. His highly original performances of landmarks of the viola da gamba literature have received extravagant praise in the international press. Fuoco e Cenere has participated frequently in France’s most prestigious festivals, such as the Festival d’Art Lyrique Aix en Provence and the Festival d’Ambronay, and has appeared on such important European stages as the Opera of Innsbruck and the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy. The ensemble has also performed in Israel as well as at the Izmir Festival. The ensemble performs regularly in the United States and Canada most notably for the Miami Bach Society, Amherst Early Music Festival and the Da Camera Society.

Jay Bernfeld, director

Daphné Touchais: soprano

Laure Vovard: harpsichord

Patricia Lavail: recorder

André Henrich: theorbo

Bruno Leone, puppeteer

General Admission: $25 before February 15th, $30 after February 15th
Preferred Seating: $35 before February 15th, $40 after February 15th

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*Clips listed here are representative of the artists and composer, but may be different
from those being played in the Tropical Baroque Music Festival program

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