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Love Songs from 15th Century Europe

"...intimate and deeply communicative...meltingly beautiful..."
~ The New York Times

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AsteriaSylvia Rhyne, soprano & Eric Redlinger, tenor and lute


Of a Rose Sing We: Songs to celebrate the union of England and France
On the heels of the wars of the roses, noble English families were vying to cement alliances with their powerful neighbors across the channel. The marriage in 1468 of Charles the Bold, duke of Burgundy, to Margaret of York, sister to the future king Richard III, was among the most determinative of these unions to emerge in the final decades of the 15th century. Asteria's new program of songs and motets by composers active during the late 15th century features English and French language music that may well have been heard in noble residences from Bruges to Beaune, from Kent to Cambridge. (download program PDF)


My Heart Remains with You: Medieval love songs inspired by Arthurian Romance
Asteria follows one of the most beloved chivalric stories from the Middle Ages, that of the knight Yvain, to illustrate how the concepts of courtly love as presented in Arthurian romance were highly integrated into the art songs of the 15th century. Get ready for magic, monsters, dungeons and impetuous princesses! (download program PDF)














"Intimate and deeply communicative . . . meltingly beautiful."
~ The New York Times

"An exquisite feast for the eyes, the ears, the mind and the heart."
~ Miami Bach Society

"Magical and mesmerizing..."
~ Mark Cudek, Peabody Conservatory

"Asteria brings audience to tears with ancient love songs."
~ Kelly J. Anderson, Washtenaw Voice


Acclaimed by the New York Times for their “deeply expressive, intimate and often haunting interpretations,” the early music duo Asteria brings a “delightful sweetness” and “a profound knowledge of the repertoire” (Goldberg Magazine) to the music of courtly love.

Asteria takes its name from the Greek word for stars, and indeed the stars aligned when Sylvia Rhyne (soprano) and Eric Redlinger (tenor and lute) first sang together. They immediately captured the 2004 “Unicorn Prize,” the highest honor in Early Music America’s first Medieval and Renaissance Performance Competition, launching a career that has taken them across the United States and around the world.

Semi-staged and sung from memory, Asteria’s performances create an indelible impression, transporting the audience to the age of chivalry with radiant love songs of timeless appeal. The duo’s four CDs feature a range of late medieval music from the better-known Vergine Bella and Se La Face Ay Pale to re-discovered works gleaned from original source material, bringing to life songs rarely, if ever, heard since the 15th century.

They have given concerts in France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Mexico and Japan and have performed at festivals and venues including Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, Festival Meridiennes in Tours, Musée de Cluny in Paris and Chartres Cathedral, to name a few.

In the United States, Asteria has given concerts and lecture-demonstrations at the Dallas Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Art, San Francisco’s Legion of Honor Museum, the Chicago Cultural Center, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, Hollins University, Holy Cross, York College and Carleton College. They have performed in New York City at Bargemusic, the Times Center, the Cloisters and the Frick Collection.

Sylvia and Eric serve as artists-in-residence at the Chateau de Germolles in Burgundy, France, every spring, where they continue their research into the medieval music they so deeply cherish.


For booking inquiries, please contact Shirley Hunt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (415) 340-2621


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