Monteverdi, the Italian master of the early Baroque period, was the first great figure in opera, as well as the most important Italian practitioner of the genre of madrigals. Like many other composers, he occasionally blurred the boundaries between genres, sometimes making his madrigals suitable for the stage and certain excerpts from his operas lyrical compositions that could also be sung independently. This is the basis for this concert by Christina Pluhar's ensemble L'Arpeggiata when they present an 90-minute theatrical production compiled from works by the composer and his contemporaries at Müpa Budapest's Early Music Festival.
The subtitle of the programme - Duel - refers in part to the fact that the finalé to the composition created from the dozen and a half passages will be Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Monteverdi's dramatic masterpiece from his eighth volume of madrigals. Before that, however, we will hear excerpts from his seventh volume of madrigals and his opera L'Orfeo and Poppea, and the compilers of the programme have even included the works of other Italian Baroque masters (including Maurizi...o Cazzati, Antonio Sartorio, Luigi Rossi and Pietro Andrea Ziani) in the musical stream of vocal and instrumental movements that will be performed this evening. The star of this production conceived by Christina Pluhar and featuring costumes by Stefanie Krimmel and lighting effects by Michel Delvigne will be the globally celebrated Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón, joined by soprano Céline Scheen, countertenor Valer Sabadus, mezzo-soprano Benedetta Mazzucato, tenor Cyril Auvity and bass Renato Dolcini, who are all also internationally renowned artists in their own rights. Founded by the Austrian theorbo-player, harpist and conductor Christina Pluhar in 2000, the early music ensemble L'Arpeggiata is known for the spirit of discovery that pervades their productions.
The concert will be preceded, at 6.00 pm, by an introductory presentation by János Mácsai entitled Prelude in the Glass Hall. The program will be open to anyone holding a ticket for the performance, but subject to prior registration on our website.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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