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This year marks the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi's birth (1567–1643) who is considered one of the most important composers of the early Baroque period of both secular and sacred music, and the pioneer in the development of opera. His music characterizes the end of the Renaissance style and the beginning of Baroque. This year marks the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi's birth

Born in the north Italian city of Cremona, the young Monteverdi was publishing vocal works by the age of 15. He moved to nearby Mantua, where he established himself as an important voice in the compositional style that became known as the seconda pratica, exemplified by his Fifth Book of Madrigals (1605). This musical style differed greatly from the stricter, contrapuntal style of earlier Renaissance composition, making greater use of unprepared dissonance and responding sensitively and dramatically to the text. Orfeo, commissioned by Prince Francesco Gonzaga for the Carnival of 1606–07, was his first opera. His second opera, Arianna, is now lost, save for the title character’s ‘Lamento’, which was so popular it was published separately several times. Later works include the Vespers, published in 1610 in Venice; he moved to that city in 1613, becoming maestro di cappella at St Mark’s Basilica.

Monteverdi was in his 70s by the time he wrote his two final operas, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea. They are as innovative as his earlier works, demonstrating his extraordinary adaptability and unique dramatic powers. He is the earliest opera composer whose works, including Orfeo and L’incoronazione di Poppea, are regularly performed today.

Molly Quinn, soprano

Timothy Parsons, countertenor

Johanna Novom, violin

Charles Weaver and Adam Cockerham, lute and theorbo


Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC

Entrance : Free

The event is now full. We are not accepting any more reservations. Thank you.


Italian Cultural Institute of New York