International Conference. Monteverdi’s Venetian Operas: New Ideas for Interpretation and Mise en Scène

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
plus Jun, 1617 2017

16 June 2017
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

17 June 2017
Teatro La Fenice, Sale Apollinee

Part of the celebrations of 450 years since the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, this conference has been organised by the Institute of Theatre and Opera and the Institute of Music in collaboration with the Teatro La Fenice. Coordinated by Ellen Rosand and Stefano La Via, the event will bring together scholars and performers with diverse skills and backgrounds. The intense two-day conference is divided into three sessions. The first two sessions ‒ entitled L’Incoronazione di Poppea: from Busenello to Monteverdi and Poppea vs. Ulisse: keys for interpretation and performance ‒ will held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on 16 June, while the last session, History and criticism of stage productions, will take place in the Sale Apollinee of the Teatro La Fenice on 17 June.

After the conference and a performance of the “Monteverdi Trilogy”, conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner will meet Tim Carter and the other speakers. Among those invited to take part are Guillaume Bernardi, Mauro Calcagno, Jane Glover, Wendy Heller, Mario Infelise, Jean-François Lattarico, Maria Martino, Magnus Schneider, Hendrik Schultze, Anna Tedesco and Nicola Usula.

In concomitance with the conference at the Teatro La Fenice, Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the head of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras will stage the Monteverdi Trilogy: OrfeoIl ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea. For its world première in Venice, this production will have a cast of young singers selected by Gardiner from among the students who came from Italy, Britain and France to take part in a series of preparatory workshops for the operas entitled the Accademia Monteverdiana. The workshops were held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in April 2016 and organised by the Institute for theatre and Opera.


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Francesco Primaticcio, Ulysses and Penelope, c. 1560, Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, Ohio). Purchased with the contribution of the Libbey Endowment, gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1964.60