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The Fortunes of the Orlando Furioso, 1516-2016

Orlando Furioso

Friday 18 November 2016, Clare College, Cambridge

At the closing of a year that marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, and which has seen a number of events and conferences taking place all over the world, this event will be Cambridge’s contribution to celebrate this masterpiece of Italian Renaissance literature.


Helena Sanson (Clare College, Cambridge) and Francesco Lucioli (University College Dublin)

The event includes:


The Furioso in Literature, Art and Music

Clare College Latimer Room, 3-5 pm


Abigail Brundin, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Francesco Lucioli, University College Dublin

Federica Pich, University of Leeds

Franco Piperno, University of Rome, La Sapienza

Helena Sanson, Clare College, Cambridge


Amore, Magia, Follia in the Orlando Furioso: A Musical Quest

Clare College Chapel, 6 pm

Concert curators:

Adam Cigman-Mark and Anna-Luise Wagner


Adam Cigman-Mark (piano), Royal Academy of Music

Grace Durham (mezzo-soprano), National Opera Studio

Alexander Simpson (countertenor), Royal Academy of Music

Anna-Luise Wagner (soprano), Selwyn College, Cambridge


For a full programme of the concert, see here (pdf)


Poster Design:

Hannah Grace Taylor,

This event has been made possible by the support of the Italian Department at the University of Cambridge and takes place in Clare College by kind permission of the Master and Fellows. It is under the auspices of the ‘Comitato Nazionale per il V Centenario dell’Orlando Furioso’,


The Public Lectures and the Concert are free and open to the public, but places are limited and registration is required. To register, please send an email to:


The Public Lectures and the Concert will be held in Clare College, Cambridge.


An exhibition of Orlando Furioso editions held in Cambridge University Library will take place between 7 November and 3 December 2016.


Dr Helena Sanson (Clare College, Cambridge)
Dr Francesco Lucioli (University College Dublin)
in collaboration with Anna-Luise Wagner (Selwyn College, Cambridge)


If you have any queries, please contact: