Really Spicy Opera co-administers the Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely Project with the Élan Ensemble. This historically informed publication and performance project is devoted to the life and music of Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely (1803-1867) of Hampton.
One of the most accomplished American women of the antebellum period, Eliza was a collector of rare music, a correspondent of the Marquis de Lafayette, successful businesswoman, and a pioneering horticulturalist. Her music collection, preserved at the Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, MD, gives insight into the musical practices and vocal technique at the Imperial Court of Napoleon I.
The Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely Project has presented music and scholarship at meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Early Americanists. Additional research will be presented at the 2019 Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Executive Director: Basil Considine
Artistic Director: Elissa Edwards
Research Assistant: Lauren Berlin
Research Assistant: Kaylie Falk
Research Assistant: Margaret Rowley