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Europe Spring Sea
May 14 - May 22, 2023

Rome, Sardinia and Corsica aboard Sea Cloud II

Wendy Heller, Scheide Professor of Music and Director of the Program in Italian Studies at Princeton

Recognized as one of the leading scholars of baroque music, Professor Wendy Heller, is the Scheide Professor of Music and Director of the Program in Italian Studies at Princeton. Heller, who served as the Music Department Chair from 2015-2022, has published widely on 17th- and 18th-century opera from interdisciplinary perspectives, with emphasis on gender and sexuality, art history, Italian literature, dance history and the classical tradition. Author of the award-winning Emblems of Eloquence: Opera and Women’s Voices in Seventeenth-Century Venice and Music in the Baroque, Heller has published widely on the music of Monteverdi, Cavalli, Handel, and Bach. Her current projects include the monograph Animating Ovid: Opera and the Metamorphoses of Antiquity in Early Modern Italy and volume Barbara Strozzi: In Context (co-edited with Beth Glixon).; her edition of Francesco Cavalli’s Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona will be published next year. Heller, who also trained as a professional, maintains strong interests in performance and has been a dramaturg for numerous performances of baroque operas at Princeton. Awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Heller has also won numerous fellowships from such organizations as the Mellon Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies.

About the Journey

Now with reduced pricing! Rome, Sardinia and Corsica conjure up images of ancient history and rich masterpieces of art and architecture—a quintessential Mediterranean journey. And how better to experience the voyage than under sail aboard the incomparable Sea Cloud II, which combines the seafaring elegance of a bygone era with the highest modern standards of luxury? We combine a three-night luxury hotel stay in Rome with a relaxed four-night cruise aboard the Sea Cloud II to Sardinia and Corsica. Enjoy two half-days under sail, cruising aboard this majestic windjammer. Early May is the perfect time of year, with verdant gardens and landscapes awash with blossoms, and moderate temperatures.

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by those from National Trust for Historic Preservation and Yale University.


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