17th century singer, lutenist and composer Francesca Caccini was the daughter of Renaissance composer Giulio Caccini. Very little of her music survives, but her opera, “The Liberation of Ruggiero” is probably the very first opera by a woman composer. Listen to "The Liberation of Ruggiero."
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