La Bella Musica di Monteverdi

La Bella Musica di Monteverdi is a digital artist-in-residence series created to support musicians and artists while simultaneously bringing a small measure of comfort and beauty to those confined to their homes.

From mini-operas to readings from New York Time's best selling books, each performance is recorded from the homes of internationally acclaimed, award-winning musicians and artists. New performances available weekly.


Installment One

Matthew Polenzani & Sylvia Volpe

Our first performance features our friends tenor, Matthew Polenzani, and violinist, Sylvia Volpe of the Metropolitan Opera. Recorded separately from their homes, they share a beautiful rendition of Pur Ti Miro composed by Claudio Monteverdi over 400 years ago.

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Installment Two

Christine Goerke

Our second performance spotlights two incredible pieces performed by celebrated soprano Christine Goerke. The first piece is Strauss's Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1. The second is a lively, bright performance of Stornello by Giuseppe Verdi. Together, they create a beautiful juxtaposition of sound and feeling.

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Installment Three

Frances Mayes & Ondine Cohane

This week, Frances Mayes and Ondine Cohane read from their new book, Always Italy, where they reveal the Italy that only the locals know. In this excerpt, Frances shares part of the book's introduction while Ondine reads "Muse, Star, Backdrop, Inspiration: Rome and Film" an essay about the iconic representations of the Eternal City in cinema. 

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Installment Four

Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung

This week, Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung perform three pieces, the first of which is Sheep May Safely Graze by Johann Sebastian Bach. The second is Warum from Schumann Fantasiesücke Op. 12. and the final is En Bateau by Claude Debussy.

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Installment Five

Steve Tyrell

Grammy winner Steve Tyrell comes to us from his backyard in Los Angeles, California. He and his band will perform Bella Notte by Peggy Lee and Stand By Me from Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Ben E. King, an appropriate anthem with a message of togetherness for these troubling times.

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Installment Six

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

In honor of Claudio Monteverdi's birthday month, we are sharing a special installment of La Bella Musica featuring Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Grammy-award winning conductor and one of the world's most innovative and dynamic musicians.

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Installment Seven

Barry Banks

Celebrated Tenor Barry Banks performs Sally in our Alley by Henry Carey and Music for a While by Henry Purcell. Both of these pieces are realizations by Benjamin Britten, after their original composition.

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Installment Eight

Matthew Polenzani & Sylvia Volpe

Matthew Polenzani and Sylvia Danburg Volpe of the Metropolitan Opera make their second La Bella Musica appearance! They perform Morgen by Richard Strauss. The lyrics of this piece are from a German love poem by John Henry Mackay by the same title. 

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Installment Nine

Wendy Bryn Harmer

Soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer performs Heimliche Aufforderung by Richard Strauss and Silent Noon by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Like Morgen, performed by Matthew Polenzani and Sylvia Danburg Volpe, Richard Strauss composed Heimliche Aufforderung as one of four pieces that he wrote as a wedding present to his wife Pauline.

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Installment Ten

Nicole Cabell

Celebrated soprano Nicole Cabell joins La Bella Musica di Monteverdi with her performance of Summertime by George Gershwin from Porgy & Bess & Somewhere by Leonard Bernstein from West Side Story.

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Installment Eleven

Gwyneth Wentick

Celebrated harpist Gwyneth Wentick joins La Bella Musica di Monteverdi with her performance of The Minstrel’s Adieu and David of the White Rock by John Thomas.

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