Monteverdi 450

Accademia Monteverdiana 2016

The launch of Monteverdi 450 in Venice 

View of Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

In preparation for our ambitious international tour for Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary, we conducted a series of workshops under the auspices of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice the Accademia Monteverdiana. During the week Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the soloists selected for the Monteverdi 450 project explored Monteverdi’s aesthetic and compositional practice through the study of his Madrigals, alongside key scenes from the surviving operas. They were joined by a group of distinguished musicologists, with the workshops providing a platform for scholarly discussion on historically informed performance practice and its relevance for today’s audiences.

The week of study and exploration culminated in a final showcase concert held in the beautiful Sala degli Arazzi (Hall of Tapestries) of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.

Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine visits us during a rehearsal of Monteverdi's Hor che'l ciel e la terra (Book VIII of the Madrigals, text from Petrarch's Canzoniere):

"It's an extraordinary sonnet, full of natural rhythm and linguistic contrasts, which Monteverdi feeds off in his inimitably colourful and dramatic fashion: sighing falls, harmonic clashes, breathtaking vocal scales… Gardiner encourages his singers to dig deep into their colour palette to reveal Monteverdi's astonishing inventiveness."

Carlo Emilio Tortado, writing on the Accademia's final showcase for TeatriOnline:

"After an intensive five day workshop in preparation for the three fully surviving works of Monteverdi (L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, L'incoronazione di Poppea), the audience was given a insightful preview of the content, almost like a look behind the curtains."
(Translated from Italian)

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