Launching Monteverdi 450

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore Venice


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. The week of study and exploration culminated in a final showcase concert to launch our 2017 tour: Monteverdi 450. 

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)

Paolo Petazzi, reviews the final showcase for Classic Voice★★★★★

"One clearly senses, already at this stage, the search for an intense and direct expressiveness, one that is historically grounded but alien to certain distinctive styles preferred by other interpreters. [...] All in all an exquisite taste of what we will be hearing in June next year." (Translated from Italian)

BBC Music Magazine: Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary Marked by Opera Tour
"Under their conductor John Eliot Gardiner,the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists orchestra have announced plans to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth with a worldwide tour of his three surviving operas..."

Classical Music Magazine: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra Announce plans to Mark Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary
"The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras will tour Monteverdi’s three surviving operas to mark the composer’s 450th anniversary in 2017..."

Classical Source: The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras announce an international tour of Claudio Monteverdi's surviving operas to mark his 450th anniversary in 2017
"On 30 April at the Accademia Monteverdiana in Venice's beautiful Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras with Sir John Eliot Gardiner announced their plans for Monteverdi's 450th anniversary in 2017..."

Broadway World: John Eliot Gardiner Celebrates Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary
"Next year marks the 450th anniversary of the Venetian master's birth, and to celebrate this musical milestone, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists have announced an ambitious international tour..."

Platea Magazine: Gardiner Avanza los Dettales su Gira de 2017 Para Conmemorar el 450 Anniversario de Monteverdi
"Tras una semana de trabajo en la sede de la Fondazione Cini en la isla de San Giorgio, en Venecia, Sir John Eliot Gardiner y su Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras presentaban el pasado sábado 30 de abril su gira de conciertos para 2017, en conmemoración del 450 aniversario de Claudio Monteverdi..."

Monteverdi TuscanyWith grateful thanks to Monteverdi Tuscany Hotel/Villas/Dining/Spa/Arts, the principal sponsor of the Accademia Monteverdiana 2016.