Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the 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.
Highlights of the 2013-14 season include extensive tours of Europe, the United States and Asia with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky; concerts with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux in France and Belgium, performances with cellist Gautier Capuçon including in Vienna’s Musikverein; and tours with recorder player Maurice Steger this winter and violinist Giuliano Carmignola next summer.
The past two seasons have included a nine-city United States tour of the Orchestra’s Baroque concertos program featuring internal soloists; the season-opening concert of Sala Santa Cecilia in Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica; Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater and Gloria at the Bruge Concertgebouw; concerts in Lisbon and France with soprano Patricia Petibon; performances of Metastasio’s L’Olimpiade in London, Dijon, Brussels, Paris, Athens and Siena; performances with Mr. Carmignola at the Enescu, Gstaad and Dubrovnik festivals; with recorder player Anna Fusek in the Czech Republic, and in Italy and Russia with mezzo-soprano Romina Basso.
In 2010, the VBO premiered Philip Glass’s violin concerto, The American Four Seasons, with violinist Robert McDuffie in a 28-city tour of the United States. Additional highlights that season included a tour of Japan and Korea with Mr. Carmignola; concerts in Europe with soprano Patricia Petibon, Mr. Capuçon and Ms. Basso; Vivaldi’s La senna festeggiante at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Théâtre des Champs Elysées with soprano Veronica Cangemi and contralto Sara Mingardo; Monteverdi’s Vespers in Leipzig, and a tour of festivals in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland featuring mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená.
Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, under Mr. Marcon’s leadership VBO has given the modern-day premieres of Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione, Vivaldi’s Atenaide, 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.
The Orchestra’s newest recording, of Porpora arias featuring Philippe Jaroussky with special guest Cecilia Bartoli, was released by Erato in autumn 2013. Their 2012 release on Naïve, a pasticcio of Metastasio’s L’Olimpiade featuring the recording premieres of many 18th-century opera arias, was 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 violin concertos with Mr. Carmignola; Vivaldi sinfonias and concertos for strings; Vivaldi motets and arias with soprano Simone Kermes, two discs with Ms. Ko?ená—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, and Lisbon. Their performances were also featured on Swiss TV in the documentary film by Richard Dindo, Vivaldi in Venice. The Venice Baroque Orchestra is supported by Fondazione Cassamarca in Treviso.
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