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Dramatodía (“acting with singing”) is a company of actors and musicians born in Bologna, founded by Alberto Allegrezza. It revives early theatrical works and explores musical productions to accurately recreate comic performances in 16th and 17th-century Italy.
Over the last few years, the ensemble has performed madrigals and madrigal comedies typical of Adriano Banchieri (Barca di Venetia per Padova, Festino del Giovedì Grasso avanti cena, Vivezze di Flora e Primavera, La Pazzia senile, Il Zabaione musicale, ecc…), Giovanni Croce and Orazio Vecchi; it has staged works by Giambattista Andreini, Giulio Cesare Croce (Eccellenza et Trionfo del Porco, La solenne et trionfante entrata dello squaquaratissimo Signor Carnevale, La Girandola de’ Cervelli, ecc…) and Flaminio Scala, as well as operas, intermezzi and oratorios by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Francesco Corteccia, Girolamo Giacobbi and Jeronimus Kapsberger.
In 2016, Dramatodía debuted with Il giocondo e florido convito, starring Enrico Bonavera, closing Trento Musica Antica Festival. The pièce stages a phantasmagorical Carnival party in Bologna, texts by Giulio Cesare Croce and music by our favourites Orazio Vecchi and Adriano Banchieri. In 2017, the company opened Antiqua, for Bolzano Festival Bozen, with its new show Diversi Linguaggi, a musical journey in 16th-century Europe.
The company has recently started a project that aims to rediscover and record the complete secular works of Adriano Banchieri (1568-1634) and Giulio Cesare Croce (1550-1609), whose artistic partnership flourished in Bologna at the end of the 16th century. The combination of these two authors’ works allows appreciation of the poetic and dramatic elements that they had ment to be experienced together. The most remarkable result of this collaboration is the Novella di Cacasenno figlio del semplice Bertoldino, with which Banchieri (under the pen name Camillo Scaligeri della Fratta) intended to follow up Le sottilissime astuzie di Bertoldo and Le piacevoli e ridicolose semplicità di Bertoldino by Croce.