The journalist Allison Zurfluh created together with a well-known photographer Michel Juvet a book called Veremonda Resurrection that follows a long creative process of transforming a manuscript of an ancient Venetian opera into a modern-day stage production.
Allison Zurfluh, born in California, is a chief editor of two business and luxury lifestyle magazines (Swiss Style Magazine and DeluxePad) as well as a contributor to several international publications (InTime Venice and Veneto, La Serenissima). As for music, she has two decades experience with major classical music labels, she supports the internationally acclaimed concert pianist Olivier Cavé and the Italian vocal ensemble Odhecaton.
Zurfluh decided to tell a story about what happens when a conductor from Perth, a director from Naples, a costume maker from Rome and an artist from Torino decide to resurrect an ancient Venetian opera together. 160 pages volume follows the creative process in a pleasantly narrative way, accompanied by exclusive photographs by Michel Juvet (Geneva Prize for Literature 2012 for a book entitled Even the Skies Weep no More).
The opera Veremonda, l’Amazzone di Aragona by Francesco Cavalli was written in the seventeenth century and stayed unperformed for over 350 years. Allison Zurfluh and Michel Juvet travelled to Venice to follow the footsteps of one of the greatest Baroque composers, as well as to explore the work of Australian conductor Aaron Carpene, who decided to study the original score of Veremonde l’Amazzone di Aragona. They observed the direction of Stefano Vizioli in collaboration with costume maker Ugo Nespolo, and they continued to Luigi Piccolo’s sartorial in Rome, the extravagant atelier with an impressive history in design that touches on everything from theatre to opera to film. Afterwards they followed the creation across the Atlantic to Charleston (South Carolina) where Veremonda premiered at the Spoleto Festival.
The book will be presented on the 22th of June in Venice, on the 27th in Rome and a day later in Naples. For more information about the book and all the artists involved in this project, please visit: http://www.veremonda.com/