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Workshops/Festivals 2017: (AT) 2017 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (18 Jul-27 Aug 2017)

Contributed by admin on Dec 19, 2016

"450 years of Monteverdi 
Baptised on 15 May 1567 in Cremona, Claudio Zuan Antonio Monteverdi’s impact on Western music culture is virtually second to none. By “inventing” the basso ostinato alone, his influence goes as far as jazz and rock, and his operas have had a lasting effect on the development of music theatre. Ever since the Monteverdi Choir sang some of his madrigals under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in 1977, the composer’s music has been closely and continually linked to the Festival. The first staged production of a baroque opera as part of the Festival was Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” in 1980 (musical direction: Alan Curtis). In the Monteverdi year of 1993 – the 350th anniversary of his death – René Jacobs conducted performances of Monteverdi’s opera “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria”. Incidentally, Alessandro De Marchi made his debut at the Innsbruck Festival as a harpsichordist with the opera orchestra Concerto Vocale in that production. Now he will conduct the same opera in his position as Artistic Director of the Festival in the Monteverdi year of 2017 – the 450th anniversary of his birthday – at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. The production from Oslo by Den Norske Opera & Ballett unites ...

some of the leading experts in baroque opera under the direction of Ole Anders Tandberg on the Festival stage: tenor Kresimir Spicer in the title role, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice as Penelope, countertenor David Hansen as Ulisse’s son Telemaco, soprano Nina Bernsteiner in the roles of Giuno and L’Amore, mezzo-soprano Ann-Beth Solvang as Minerva and Fortuna, and tenor Jeffrey Francis in the role of Eumaio. The cadence of love 
Monteverdi takes centre stage in the concert programme of the 2017 Festival as well. Rinaldo Alessandrini will perform Monteverdi’s epochal sacred-music work, the “Marian Vespers”, with his ensemble Concerto Italiano. Austrian lutenist Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata will open the cycle of Ambras Castle Concerts with the programme “Teatro d’Amore”. The main emphasis here will be on Monteverdi’s secular madrigals, which he composed for the most part at the court of Duke Gonzaga in Mantua." ...

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