Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. The orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan and Korea.
Committed to the rediscovery of 17th and 18th-century masterpieces, VBO has given the modern-day premieres of Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione, Vivaldi’s Atenaide and Andromeda liberata, Benedetto Marcello’s La morte d’Adone and Il trionfo della poesia e della musica, and Boccherini’s La Clementina. With Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Orchestra has staged Cimarosa’s L’Olimpiade, Handel’s Siroe, and Galuppi’s L’Olimpiade, and reprised Siroe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in its first full staging in the United States.
Highlights of the current season have included a nine-city United States tour of the Orchestra’s Baroque concertos program featuring internal soloists; the seasonal opening concert of Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica chamber hall; and performances across Europe with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, violinist Giuliano Carmignola, mezzo-soprano Romina Basso, and cellist Gautier Capuçon.
Highlights of the 2011-12 season included Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater and Gloria at the Bruge Concertgebouw; concerts in Lisbon and France with soprano Patricia Petibon; performances of their pasticcio of Metastasio’s L’Olimpiade in London, Dijon, Brussels, Paris, Athens, Rome and Siena; performances with violinist Giuliano Carmignola at the Enescu Festival, and the Gstaad and Dubrovnik festivals; in Italy and Russia with Ms Basso, with recorder player Anna Fusek in the Czech Republic, and with Simone Kermes in Poland, as well as performances of Baroque multi-instrument concertos throughout Europe.
Recent seasons have featured a 28-city tour of the United States with violinist Robert McDuffie in premiere performances of Philip Glass’s new violin concerto, The American Four Seasons; a tour of Japan and Korea with Mr. Carmignola; concerts in Austria and France with soprano Patricia Petibon; Vivaldi’s La senna festeggiante at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Baroque cello concertos with Mr. Capuçon in Germany; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Théâtre des Champs Elysées with soprano Veronica Cangemi and contralto Sara Mingardo; a US tour with Mr. Carmignola and violinist Giulio Plotino; Vivaldi arias with Ms. Basso in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Monteverdi’s Vespers in Leipzig, and a tour of festivals in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland featuring mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena.
The Orchestra’s recent disc for Naïve, a pasticcio of Metastasio’s L’Olimpiade featuring the recording premieres of many 18th-century opera arias, was released in 2012 and awarded Choc du Monde de la Musique. The VBO has an extensive discography with Sony and Deutsche Grammophon. Their world- premiere recording of Andromeda liberata for DG was followed by recordings of violin concertos with Mr. Carmignola; Vivaldi sinfonias and concertos for strings; Vivaldi motets and arias with soprano Simone Kermes, two discs with Ms. Kozena—Handel arias and Vivaldi arias; Vivaldi violin concertos with Viktoria Mullova and Mr. Carmignola; and Italian arias with Ms. Petibon. The Orchestra’s earlier discography on Sony with Mr. Carmignola includes The Four Seasons, previously unrecorded Vivaldi concertos, and a collection of Bach arias featuring Angelika Kirchschlager. The Orchestra has been honored with the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Echo Award and the Edison Award.
In addition to frequent radio broadcast of their concerts, the Orchestra has been seen worldwide through several television specials, including films by the BBC, ARTE, NTR (Netherlands), and NHK. They have been the subject of three recent video recordings, in Romania, Croatia, Lisbon. Their performances will also be featured on Swiss TV in an upcoming documentary on Vivaldi. The Venice Baroque Orchestra is supported by Fondazione Cassamarca in Treviso.
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