Tune in to Monteverdi Radio to listen to audio extracts from some concerts of previous editions of the Festival. Every week Monteverdi Radio will publish new extracts from the great Baroque repertoire, from Monteverdi to Bach and many more. Waiting to return to listen to live music!


di Claudio Monteverdi
Accademia Bizantina
Ottavio Dantone, clavicembalo e direzione

Monteverdi Festival, 5 maggio 2017

Tune in Radio Monteverdi: listen to extracts from concerts of past editions of the Monteverdi Festival. Let us start with Monteverdi’s Toccata from L’Orfeo: a brilliant fanfare full of energy that will draw your attention and introduce you to the beauty of Music…

CONCERTO BRANDEBURGHESE n. 5 in re maggiore BWV 1050
di Johann Sebastian Bach
Allegro – Affettuoso - Allegro
Fabio Bonizzoni, direzione e clavicembalo

Monteverdi Festival, 26 maggio 2017

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are an absolute masterpiece, one the liveliest and most colourful orchestral work of their day, a catalogue of different styles, forms and influences. Listen to Fabio Bonizzoni’s performance of Brandenburg Concerto n. 5, famous for the harpsichord’s ground-breaking cadenza and considered truly the first harpsichord concerto in music history.


Claudio Monteverdi , Salve Regina [II], a 3 voci e organo
(da Selva morale e spirituale, Venezia 1641)
Ensemble Odhecaton 
Paolo Da Col, direzione

Monteverdi Festival, 17 maggio 2019

In 1613 Monteverdi became maestro di cappella at St. Mark in Venice and held that post for 40 years. Also in his sacred output, Monteverdi reveals his unique and strong personality. Listen to the Salve Regina, dedicated to the Virgin, where the music reinforces the sublime spiritual purity of this prayer.


Pietro Antonio Cesti, Berenice, ove sei? (Il Tito – Polemone)
Ian Bostridge, tenore
Antonio Florio, maestro concertatore

Monteverdi Festival, 26 maggio 2018

Everybody falls in love with Berenice, Queen of Judea. Also Polemone falls and invokes her with pain and anger in this beautiful aria from Cesti’s Il Tito. Listen to the dazzling interpretation of British tenor Ian Bostridge, whose magnetic voice charms the audiences across the world.


Claudio Monteverdi, O possente spirito (L’Orfeo)
Emiliano Gonzales ToroOrfeo
Accademia Bizantina 
Ottavio Dantone, clavicembalo e direzione

Monteverdi Festival, 5 maggio 2017

Orpheus travels to the land of the dead to bring back to life his beloved Eurydice. With his lyre he charms and puts to sleep the ferryman Charon guardian of the River Styx. His music penetrates and moves the underworld. Listen to Emiliano Gonzales Toro in Monteverdi’s beautiful aria O possente spirito.

Claudio Monteverdi, Deus tuorum militum, inno con due violini
(da Selva morale e spirituale, Venezia 1641)

Paolo Da Col, direzione

Monteverdi Festival, 17 maggio 2019

Monteverdi was maestro di cappella at St. Mark in Venice for 40 years. In his sacred compositions, he reveals all his creativity, guiding the listener every time in a new dimension. Listen to the famous Vesper Hymn Deus tuorum militum, combining simplicity and pure beauty.



Ian Bostridge, tenore
Cappella Neapolitana 
Antonio Florio, maestro concertatore

Monteverdi Festival, 26 maggio 2018

An intriguing journey to Naples during the 17th century with Provenzale and Caresana’s operas: these are the years of the impresarios, the roaring divas on stage, the intriguing serious and comic plots. British star Ian Bostridge guides us through love and jelousy, pride and pain expressed in these beautiful arias.



Anna Bessi, Messaggera
Ottavio Dantoneclavicembalo e direzione

Monteverdi Festival, 5 maggio 2017

The Messaggera enters the pastoral scene, bringing the news that, while gathering flowers, Eurydice has received a fatal snakebite. She has died evoking the name of her beloved Orpheus. A simple accompanied monody transforms in music everybody’s grief and incredulity. Listen to Ahi, caso acerbo performed by Anna Bessi’s warm voice.


Leonardo Vinci, Se il mio paterno amore (Siroe, 1726 – Cosroe)
Nicola Fago, Sinfonia (Il Faraone sommerso, 1709)
Leonardo Vinci, Gelido in ogni vena (Siroe, 1726 – Cosroe)
Nicola Fago, Nuove straggi e spaventi (Il Faraone sommerso – Moisè)

Ian Bostridge, tenore
Cappella Neapolitana 
Antonio Florio, maestro concertatore

Monteverdi Festival, 26 maggio 2018

Siroe was one of the bestsellers of the eighteenth century operatic scene, and was staged across Europe many times. Listen to grieving Cosroe, King of Persia and tormented father. Renowned British tenor Ian Bostridge performs Vinci and Fago’s intense arias. 


Nicolò Corradini, Suonata in risposta La Golferamma
Claudio Monteverdi, Cantate Domino, a 6 voci e organo 
Biagio Marini, Sinfonia Terzo Tuono
Claudio Monteverdi, Laetaniae della Beata Vergine, a 6 voci e organo

Paolo Da Col, direzione

Monteverdi Festival, 17 maggio 2019

Cantate et exultate.. Sing and exult, this is the joyous message of Monteverdi’s 1620 motet. Listen to Monteverdi’s sacred pieces intertwined with virtuoso instrumental pieces by Biagio Marini and Nicolò Corradini. 


Tomaso Albinoni, Sonata a 5 n. I op. X
Antonio Vivaldi, Gelido in ogni vena (Il Farnace, 1727)
Georg F. Händel, Sinfonia (Ariodante, 1734)
Georg F. Händel, Scorta siate (Giulio Cesare, 1724)

Ian Bostridge, tenore
Cappella Neapolitana 
Antonio Florio, maestro concertatore

Monteverdi Festival, 26 maggio 2018

Defeated by the Romans, Farnace, King of Ponto, orders his wife to kill their son and herself. Cold horror and fear flow in Vivaldi’s beautiful tragic aria, performed by British tenor Ian Bostridge and the Cappella Neapolitana led by Antonio Florio.

A...Arianna, B... Basso continuo, C... Cremona... 

A journey through the alphabet... a letter, a word, a universe of sounds, images to discover the life and the works of Monteverdi, his teachers and colleagues, but also the cities in which he lived, his family, the poets with whom he collaborated, thanks to artists, musicologists, historians and actors, cremonesi by birth or adoption, for study or work, who helped us from home to fill in the ALPHABET to discover Monteverdi from A to Z.



The world of Comics and Early Music meet on the web. Who would have imagined it?

In this new section of Monteverdi Online we explore the intersection of these two fascinating languages, between colors, sounds and imagination.

The authors of the comic MONTEVERDI GENIUS LOCI are from Cremona. Written by Michele Ginevra, head of the "Andrea Pazienza" Comic Center, and illustrated by Francesca Follini, the comic enriches Claudio Monteverdi's biography with magical elements and a spirit of adventure.

To read the full version of the comic (available until June 21): https://issuu.com/kleinerflug/docs/monteverdi

Thanks to:
Editore Kleiner Flug, Alessio D’Uva and Elia Munaò, Michele Ginevra, Francesca Follini
Concerto Italiano – Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor
Accademia Bizantina – Ottavio Dantone, conductor


Anima mia perdona

The madrigal Anima mia perdona (from Quarto Libro de’ Madrigali), animated by Ginevra and Follini with the splendid performance of the Concerto Italiano, directed by Rinaldo Alessandrini.

Orfeo in strisce e musica

The tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, relived 'in strips' and recalled by the sound commentary of L'Orfeo of the Accademia Bizantina directed by Ottavio Dantone (Monteverdi Festival, 5th May 2017)

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