2017 PERFORMING ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE – YEAR IN REVIEW
Every year, as part of our Monteverdi Arts and Humanities Program, we also invite internationally acclaimed performing artists to stay at the property and share their talents. Monteverdi hosted in residence three accomplished musicians and showcased many of the best classical musicians and singers in the world in 2017. We are currently developing our 2018 performance calendar.
July 10 – 16, 2017
In July, we featured two stars from the New York Metropolitan Opera—Tenor Matthew Polenzani and principal violinist, Sylvia Volpe.
Matthew Polenzani is one of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation. His elegant musicianship, innate sense of style and dramatic commitment find him at virtually every leading operatic, concert and recital venue in the world.
Olaf John Laneri
Sylvia Volpe made her New York solo debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1996, where she was praised by the New York Times for her “beautiful tone — both lyricism and virtuosity”. Since 2000, Sylvia has performed as Associate Principal Second Violin with the MET Chamber Ensemble concert series at Carnegie Hall. Olaf John Laneri plays for prestigious theaters in Italy and in Europe, in recital and with the Orchestra of the Musical Afternoons of Milan, the Orchestra of the Arena Theater in Verona, with the Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Montecarlo.
Sylvia performed two private concerts for our guests and Matthew performed one with Sylvia.
July 31 – August 5, 2017
One of the most celebrated violinists in the world, Joshua Bell performs as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor and Grammy Award winning recording artist. Known for his multi-faceted musical interests, he is described by the Washington Post as “one of the most imaginative, technically gifted and altogether extraordinary violinists of our time”.
He performed on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 8pm.
September 9-16 Steve Tyrell
Grammy Award winning recording artist Steve Tyrell once again performed and shared his passion and knowledge of The Great American Songbook with a select group of guests in our performing arts venue – a 14th Century Romanesque Church. Last year’s event was entirely sold out and very well received by everyone who attended. We invite you to enjoy intimate dining experiences, champagne receptions and hear numerous private concerts featuring this world-class artist in 2018.
ANNUAL CONCERT SERIES
As part of our Arts and Humanities Program, Monteverdi Tuscany presents a concert series in the sublime setting of our 14th Century Romanesque church, Chiesa di Sant’Andrea.
These concerts showcased many of the best classical musicians and singers in the world. Our 2017 concert series included the following:
May 6, 2017 Nicola Alaimo (baritone) with Mirca Rosciani(piano) In Bel Canto
After his recent successes in L’Italiana in Algeri at the MET in New York (under James Levine), Massenet’s Don Quichotte in Chicago and Falstaff at La Scala (for which he was awarded the “Abbiati” Prize), Italian baritone Nicola Alaimo opened the 2017 Concert Series in Castiglioncello with an exclusive program featuring Italian chamber art songs by Rossini, Verdi and Donizetti as well as some of the most famous arias in the operatic repertoire.
May 26, 2017 Mademoiselle Sarabande (piano 4 hands) In the beginning was Mozart: sonatas and saudades
Carlotta Forasassi and Elettra Capecchi, a stylish and sparkling duo from Florence, present a musical journey from Mozart to the syncopated music of Brazil, passing through Joplin, Milhaud and two Dixieland pieces expressly composed by Enrico Pieranunzi.
June 9, 2017 Benedetto Lupo (piano) From Rota to Rachmaninoff
After winning the Van Cliburn Competition in 1989, Benedetto Lupo became one of the most sought-after Italian pianists. He regularly performs in America and teaches at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Together with the rare and visionary “Preludes” by Nino Rota and various pieces by Debussy and Scriabin, he plays the virtuoso “Sonata no. 2” by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
June 25, 2017 Angela Nisi (soprano), Mirca Rosciani (piano), Elisabetta Matacena (violin and viola) Opera meets Cinema
Up-and-coming Italian soprano Angela Nisi sings operatic music featured in the movies, as well as themes from famous soundtracks, accompanied by Mirca Rosciani and Elisabetta Matacena.
July 18, 2017
Marina Comparato (mezzo) with Ensemble Alraune
Sedotta e abbandonata
With “Sedotta e abbandonata” (recalling the famous 1964 Italian film with Stefania Sandrelli), versatile mezzo Marina Comparato presents an overview of the baroque heroines who are “seduced and abandoned” by their lovers, with music by Castello, Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Lully, Ristori and Vivaldi.
August 19, 2017 L’arte dell’arco The Italian origins of the string quartet
One of the most renowned Italian early music ensembles, led by violinist and conductor Federico Guglielmo, plays string quartets by Galuppi, Tartini, Nardini, Schuster and Mozart.
September 2, 2017 Eleonora Buratto (soprano) and Nazzareno Carusi (piano) Italian art songs and arias
Rising star Italian soprano Eleonora Buratto – who recently appeared at the MET in New York (Don Pasquale), in Chicago (Carmen) and at La Scala (Elisir d’amore) – joins the famous Italian pianist Nazzareno Carusi – who regularly performs at prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall and La Scala – for a special program conceived for the Wigmore Hall in London. This little gem is now offered exclusively to Monteverdi Tuscany.
September 20, 2017 Solomon’s Knot The discovery of Bomarzo – a musical sculpture garden
Some of the finest madrigalists of the Monteverdi Choir (the legendary ensemble founded by Sir John Eliot Gardiner) present an exclusive program of madrigals by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, d’India, Rossi and Italian-influenced madrigals by English composers such as Porter, Tomkins, Weelkes. Under the artistic leadership of James Halliday, they guide us in the metaphoric 16th-century sculpture garden of Bomarzo in Italy, whose extraordinary, Mannerist sculptures laid neglected and overgrown for centuries until they were rediscovered by Salvador Dalí in the 20th century.
September 28, 2017
Gabriele Carcano Pure Beethoven
A recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, despite his young age, Gabriele Carcano has already appeared in recitals in Berlin, Rome, Tokyo, Munich, Madrid, Zurich and his native Turin. He will explore the fascinating world of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.
October 16, 2017
Cinzia Forte (soprano), Maurizio Baglini (piano) and Silvia Chiesa (cello) Wanderings
After last year’s successful Shostakovich program, these three amazing Italian artists returned to Castiglioncello with a new musical project, roaming the different locations of the Monteverdi Tuscany, with multiple instrumental combinations.
October 17, 2017 Maurizio Baglini(piano) Beethoven: 9th Symphony (Liszt’s transcription for piano solo)
A big “encore” from last year: this highly moving masterpiece by Beethoven in the virtuoso transcription for solo piano by Franz Liszt.
October 21, 2017 SaxLife Quartet and Andrea Tofanelli (trumpet) Kind of blue
The re-interpretation of this gem by Miles Davis, in an original arrangement by Simone Valla, replaces the voices of Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Bill Evans and Miles Davis with the evocative sounds of the four saxes of the quartet joined by the trumpet, accompanying the listener on a journey into the essence of Jazz.
October 31, 2017 Silvia Frigato (soprano) with Roberto Loreggian (harpsichord) and Francesco Galligioni (cello)
Lontananza crudel: Cantatas by Albinoni
One of the most outstanding artists of the Accademia Monteverdiana, Silvia Frigato, presented some of the rare cantatas by Tomaso Albinoni included in her first solo CD, just recorded for Brilliant Classics.
INCONTRI IN TERRA DI SIENA
Each year since its founding, Monteverdi has been the lead sponsor of the Incontri in Terra Di Siena, one of Tuscany’s premier summer music festivals. The Incontri was founded in 1989 by Antonio Lysy, an internationally acclaimed cellist and a Professor of Music at UCLA, to commemorate grandparents, Antonio and Iris Origo. He is the son of the violinist, conductor, and composer Alberto Lysy, who was one of the most respected and accomplished classical musicians of his generation.
Over 26 years, the Incontri has attracted some of the most talented and famous musicians in the world. Artists such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Louis Lortie, Ronan O’Hora, Kathryn Stott, Jeremy Menuhin, Daniel Phillips, Ani Kavafian, Anthony Marwood, Daniel Zisman, Rachel Podger, Mark Kaplan, Lucy Shelton, Stephan Genz, Nicki Kennedy, Steven Isserlis, Carter Brey, Colin Carr, Janet Hilton, Antony Pay, James Campbell, Stephen Stirling, and chamber groups like the Orpheus and Schidlof Quartets, Goldberg Ensemble, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Kremlin Chamber Orchestra and Red Priest have all performed at the Incontri.
In 2017, Monteverdi sponsored the 29th edition of Incontri in Terra di Siena, from July 29-August 5, 2017. Guests will have access to “front row” reserved seats to the many musical events. Most events are held just 5 km from Monteverdi Tuscany at Villa La Foce and its castle, Castellucio di Pienza, while other concerts take place in our village. For example, in addition to his concert at Monteverdi, on August 3rd, Joshua Bell will perform a concert at La Foce on Friday, August 4th, at 9pm.
ARCHAEOLOGY AT MONTEVERDI
Castiglioncello del Trinoro – the centuries-old village in which Monteverdi is located – is the site of the only privately sponsored archaeological dig in Tuscany. Monteverdi collaborates with the University of Siena, where scholars unlock secrets of the region’s Etruscan, Medieval and Sienese past, studying ancient fortifications and medieval castles. Our archeologists have made the echoes of history easy to appreciate in a beautiful garden at the very top of Castiglioncello. Step back in time while delighting in the undulating scenery and pure fresh air.
To learn more about our archaeological dig, click here.
THE ART OF WINE MAKING
Tuscany produces some of the Italy’s, and indeed the world’s finest wines. Each week, join us while leading Tuscan winemakers host a wine seminar at the Monteverdi Enoteca. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and appreciate the legendary wines of the region. Each winemaker shares their best wines and provides a true master class in wine and the art of wine making. The Art of Winemaking seminars extend throughout the summer and fall and are nothing short of magical.
In addition to these weekly wine seminars, Monteverdi sommelier host a daily wine tasting that is free of charge to our guests.