This opera in three parts transfers the story of Matteo Ricci, a sixteenth-century scholar of memory, to the fictional figure of Mathilde of Loci. In 1582, Mathilde left home in order to teach a mnemonic technique called the “Memory Palace.” The Memory Palace assigns items selected for memory to specific locations in an architectural space. In 1602, having won renown for her teachings and been summoned to the Great Hall of a patron, she disappeared. Mathilde of Loci recounts her final moments in the hall, when the building’s chambers changed places and Mathilde’s own memory and consciousness fractured.
A chamber opera for two performers, Mathilde is a collaboration between Erin and Colin Gee.