Monteverdi Vespers (1610)

The English Concert launches their new partnership with Garsington Opera with a trio of performances of Monteverdi's stunning Vespers (1610) under Laurence Cummings.

This atmospheric choral masterpiece was the composer's first sacred work and one of the most ambitious and extensive to be composed before Bach. Written three years before becoming maestro di cappella at St Mark's in Venice, its brilliant display of style, rich choruses and moving arias showcase Monteverdi's genius as the 'Father of opera.'

The English Concert
The English Cornett & Sackbutt Ensemble
Garsington Opera Chorus

Laurence Cummings conductor
Mary Bevan soprano
Sophie Bevan soprano
Benjamin Hulett tenor
Robert Murray tenor
James Way tenor

Performances:
Wednesday 24th July 2019
Thursday 25th July 2019
Friday 26th July 2019

*Public booking opens from 10am on Tuesday 19th March 2019

Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director of Garsington Opera said: “Throughout Garsington Opera’s first 30 years we have been committed to raising the bar for quality in all that we do, both on and off the stage. I am delighted that, as we enter the next 30 years of our Festival, we will have two of the best orchestras of the world playing in our opera house at Wormsley. We offer a warm welcome to all our colleagues at The English Concert as they join the Philharmonia as part of the Garsington family and we look forward to making music together at the very highest standard”.

Harry Bicket, Artistic Director of The English Concert said: "The English Concert is honoured and delighted to become part of Garsington Opera’s annual season. The energy and commitment shown by Garsington in their mission to strive for excellence exactly mirrors the ethos of The English Concert and we look forward to developing a strong artistic partnership with them over the coming years."

Season Highlights
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Garsington Opera

This atmospheric choral masterpiece was the composer's first sacred work and one of the most ambitious and extensive to be composed before Bach. Written three years before becoming maestro di cappella at St Mark's in Venice, its brilliant display of style, rich choruses and moving arias showcase Monteverdi's genius as the 'Father of opera.'The English ConcertThe English Cornett & Sackbutt EnsembleGarsington...

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