Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary marked by opera tour

The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras will perform Monteverdi’s three surviving operas on a global tour in 2017.

The Monteverdi Choir
Published: May 5, 2016 at 11:19 am

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: L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea.


The ensemble, which was formed for a performance of Monterverdi’s Vespers more than 50 years ago, will dedicate its entire 2017 programme to the composer’s anniversary.

Gardiner likens Monteverdi to his near-contemporary William Shakespeare, another artist whose work is enjoying the spotlight of a landmark anniversary : ‘Both revelled in juxtaposing tragedy with lowlife comedy. Both men lived on the cusp of exciting, and dangerous, cultural voids.’ And Monteverdi, like Shakespeare, ‘shows a deep empathy for his characters – including the less salubrious ones.’


For more information about the 2017 tour, click here.

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