Afternoon on 3: Baroque Spring

Katie Derham presents Scarlatti’s The Martyrdom of St Theodosia

TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 14:00

 

Alessandro Scarlatti’s choral masterpiece, The Martyrdom of St Theodosia, is a tragic drama of love, life and death.

The oratorio was performed for the first time in Rome in 1684 under the patronage of Christina, Queen of Sweden. 

Theodosia is under prosecution for rejecting the love of several Roman rulers in order to commit herself to divine devotion. The virginal Theodosia dies at just 18 under Roman jurisdiction.

Featuring soloists Maria Espada (soprano), Carlos Mena (alto), Andrew Tortoise (tenor) and Luigi de Donato (baritone).