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

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.

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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.’

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For more information about the 2017 tour, click here.