Daughter of a minor Mantuan nobleman, Livia d'Arco was brought to Ferrara in 1579 as a lady-in-waiting to Duke Alfonso's third wife, Margherita Gonzaga.  She joined the concerto somewhat later than Laura Peverara and Anna Guarini; it is assumed that she was still 'in training' until 1583.  Livia played the viol.


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Written by Laurie Stras.

Last updated 04 October, 2002.

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