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Renaissance Italian Songs, Poetry & Art

23 June 2022


Free to attend

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The Actors' Church welcomes a lute and voice duo, Soprano Kate Macoboy and Lutenist Robert Meunier with poetic readings from Serena Giamporcaro for a whirlwind tour through the Italian Renaissance featuring works by Michelangelo, Petrarch and others including the links between the Songs, Art and Poetry.

Set List:

Bartolomeo Tromboncino (1470-after 1534) - Mia ventura al venir se fa più tarda

Michele Pesenti (c. 1470-1528) - Aimè, ch’io moro

Marchetto Cara (c. 1465-1525) - Liber fui un tempo in foco

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) / Bartolomeo Tromboncino - Come harò donque ardire

Bartolomeo Tromboncino - Per dolor me bagno il viso

Bartolomeo Tromboncino - Zephiro spira e il bel tempo rimena

Jacopo Sannazaro (1458-1530)/Anon - Se mai per maraveglia alzando ’l viso

Kate Macoboy - Soprano

Robert Meunier - Lute

Serena Giamporcaro – Art historian and Reciter


Please note there are no public toilets on site, the nearest are located just outside the church on the Piazza.

Please note there is no set seating or this event. We are operating some COVID measures within the church.

- We ask that you wear a mask whilst in the building. 

- We have provided a number of sanitiser stations.


Robert Meunier


Robert Meunier played guitar in a band in Toronto before turning to formal musical studies at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He obtained an ARCM diploma in lute performance from the Royal College of Music in London, UK. As lutenist and musical director, he has been playing and researching early Italian Renaissance song and lute solo repertoire for over thirty years. He has taught the lute in the UK and Europe, recorded for CD releases with Chandos, CRD, BIS and Et’cetera Records and radio and television broadcasts for CBC and BBC, including programmes for BBC Radio 3 on Tromboncino and Isabela d'Este. He has performed throughout Europe and North America both as a soloist and with specialist ensembles including performances at many of the major music festivals. Over the years he has developed an interest in the aesthetic synthesis between music, the visual arts and poetry of the Italian Renaissance, along with humanism and its connections to antiquity. He has written articles for classical music magazines regarding his and Kate’s text-based approach to the passions and expression in Italian Renaissance songs including their acclaimed music video of Michelangelo's poem, “Come harò donque ardire”, as featured in the full-length documentary film, 'Michelangelo – Love and Death' for Seventh Art Productions. He has worked with Dr Robert Toft, a world-renowned expert on historical performance practices of vocal music who has published five books on the subject. The duo’s recent album, “Michelangelo’s Madrigal” has garnered very good reviews including the accolade of recording of the month from MusicWeb International. The reviews have noted the freshness, freedom and flair in their "new approach."

Kate Macoboy


Kate Macoboy, Australian soprano, is a highly experienced ensemble singer and soloist. Specialising in Baroque and Renaissance music, she graduated from the University of Western Australia with honours. In 2010, she completed a master’s in advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies under scholarship at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She performs regularly in the UK, Europe and Australia with several leading ensembles, including, Ars Nova Copenhagen and Chamber Choir Ireland (under the direction of Paul Hillier). She has had European engagements with The Bach Consort and Danish Radio Vokalensemblet and a tour to Hong Kong with the Grammy award winning group, Theatre of Voices. Most recently, she has recorded solo works for Theatre of Voices for a CD entitled, 'In Dulci Jubilo' and performed in a world premiere of Johann Johannsson's piece 'Last and First Men' at the Manchester International Festival which also featured Tilda Swinton's elegiac narration into a poetic meditation on memory, loss and the idea of Utopia.

Renaissance Italian Songs, Poetry & Art

23 June 2022


Free to attend

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