Monteverdi Special

September 14 to 16

 

From 14 to 16 September, Stingray Brava celebrates the work of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) with three unpublished broadcasts. A true pioneer of opera, the Italian composer has bridged the Renaissance and Baroque era by shaking conventions. Friday, September 14, at 21:00 CEST, the special Verdi begins with Angels & Demons, a concert dedicated to the Arias and madrigals of Monteverdi, performed by Cappella Mediterranea and filmed at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, where Monteverdi was composer of the court. During the weekend, do not miss the operas Odysseus and L'Orfeo, delivered by the Komische Oper Berlin (the comic opera of Berlin) under the direction of renowned Barrie Kosky.


Friday, September 14 at 21:00 CEST | Monteverdi - Angels and Demons

In order to honor the anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s (1567-1643) the ensemble Cappella Mediterranea and their founder Leonardo García Alarcón were given the special permission, to perform in an outstanding venue, the Chiesetta del Doge at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice for an unique musical project: The first performance of Monteverdi’s music in more than 300 years at the Doges chapel, the heart of the old Venetian republic, where Monteverdi was the official court composer. Based on the theme of “Angels and Demons” the ensemble and Leonardo García Alarcón perform extracts from Monteverdi’s opera and madrigal compositions. Performers: Leonardo García Alarcón, Christopher Lowrey, Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro, Francesca Aspromonte, Matthias Vidal, Flores Mariana, Gianluca Burato.


Saturday, September 15 at 21:00 CEST | Monteverdi - Odysseus

From the Komische Oper Berlin: "Odysseus" by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Conductor: André de Ridder - Stage director: Barrie Kosky. Monteverdi's three surviving complete stage works (L'Orfeo - Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria - L'incoronazione di Poppea) stand at the beginning of opera history. Berlin's Komische Oper has succeeded in making these three works "so modern and thrilling" that, as Bayerischer Rundfunk said, "the 400 intervening years sometimes seemed to have been eliminated". In a new instrumentation by the Tashkent-born, internationally successful composer Elena Kats-Chernin, the production offers rich Baroque sensuality with transience and death - and satisfies the highest musical standards. As the press reported: "strong, comic, enthralling, stark and sensitive images, with which Barrie Kosky fascinates the audience, stirring them to raucous applause". "Odysseus" is a character study with moving moments. A man weary of wandering and a waiting wife at home long for one another, only to find it hard to approach each other again after years of separation.


Sunday, September 16 at 21:00 CEST | Monteverdi – Orpheus

From the Komische Oper Berlin: "Orpheus" by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Conductor: André de Ridder - Stage director: Barrie Kosky. Monteverdi's "La Favola d'Orfeo" (1607) is the very first opera, his three surviving complete stage works are right at the start of operatic history. Berlin's Komische Oper has succeeded in making these three works "so modern and thrilling" that, as Bayerischer Rundfunk said, "the 400 intervening years sometimes seemed to have been eliminated". In a new instrumentation by the Tashkent-born, internationally successful composer Elena Kats-Chernin, the production offers rich Baroque sensuality with transience and death - and satisfies the highest musical standards. As the press reported: "strong, comic, enthralling, stark and sensitive images, with which Barrie Kosky fascinates the audience, stirring them to raucous applause". "Orpheus" is the brilliant start of the trilogy, compelling as a rich feast of the senses in a lush blooming stage Arcadia, peopled by a fantastic company of nymphs and satyrs. Amid joyful song and captivating dance interludes, the mythical singer's passionate young love for Eurydice blossoms till its tragic end at her death.