Monteverdi 450 at V&A

To conclude a year celebrating Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists performed a final concert in the Raphael Cartoons Gallery at the V&A Museum, London on 15th December.

MONTEVERDI 450 at the V&A
15 December at 6.30pm

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner - conductor

RPS MUSIC AWARD WINNER (Opera and Music Theatre)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir and a cast of international soloists performed highlights from the Monteverdi 450 tour to coincide with the V&A’s Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition.

This concluding concert was the only chance to catch a glimpse of the tour in London. It also marked 50 years since John Eliot Gardiner first conducted at the V&A in 1967 to celebrate Monteverdi’s 400th anniversary. The concert included highlights from the Monteverdi Trilogy: L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea and other Monteverdi favourites.

The event was in two parts: a series of promenade performances in selected galleries around the museum from 6.30pm, followed by a seated concert in the Raphael Cartoon Gallery at 7.30pm. Monteverdi 450 at the V&A was dedicated to the memory of our loyal supporter and friend, Kevin Lavery who sadly passed away shortly before the concert in October 2017.

View the full evening programme below.

Evening Programme

Promenade Performances

Grand Entrance
L’Orfeo - Toccata

Medieval & Renaissance Gallery
Vespers - ‘Duo seraphim’
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria - ‘Dormo ancora’

Cast Court
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria - Coro di Feaci
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria - Coro in cielo, coro marittimo

South East Asia Gallery
Selva morale e spirituale
Chi vol che m’innamori’

South Asia Room
Vespers - ‘Pulchra es’

Raphael Cartoons Gallery Concert

‘Rosa del ciel’
‘Ecco pur ch’a voi ritorno’
‘Possente spirto’

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
‘Come, oh come mal si salva’
‘All’ allegrezze’
‘Ogni vostra ragion’

L’incoronazione di poppea
‘Ahi, perfida Poppea’
‘Adagiati Poppea’
‘Pur ti miro’