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.
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.Watch Now
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.Watch Now
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.Watch Now
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.Watch Now
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.Watch Now
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.Watch Now
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.Watch Now
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.Watch Now
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.Watch Now
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.Watch Now
Celebrated harpist Gwyneth Wentink joins La Bella Musica di Monteverdi with her performance of The Minstrel’s Adieu and David of the White Rock by John Thomas.Watch Now
Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, composer, and producer David Benoit joins La Bella Musica to perform two original pieces, Vernazza and Kei's Song.Watch Now
Quartetto di Cremona
Quartetto di Cremona joins with a performance of the 2nd movement, Lento, also nicknamed the American Quartet, from the String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 by Antonin Dvořák. This is an homage to the many American friends of Monteverdi Tuscany.Watch Now
Paul Appleby with Louis Langrée and Ilya Finkelshteyn
This installment features Paul Appleby, Louis Langrée, and Ilya Finkelshteyn of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with a special introduction by world-renowned conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner. They perform Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky (arr. Langrée).Watch Now
Venice Music Project
Liesl Odenweller, Federico Toffano, and Marija Jovanic of Venice Music Project join La Bella Musica di Monteverdi to perform Dolci Miei Sospiri, Damigella, tutta bella, and Si Dolce e’il Tormento by our namesake, Claudio Monteverdi.Watch Now
Renowned opera singer and recitalist, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe joins La Bella Musica di Monteverdi to perform There is a Balm In Gilead by Tom Varner arr. Alan Louis Smith and Now Our Meeting’s Over by Alan Louis Smith.Watch Now
Soprano Christine Goerke returns to La Bella Musica di Monteverdi with two incredible performances of Nebbie by Ottorino Respighi and You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel.Watch Now
Mezzo-soprano Giuseppina Bridelli, accompanied by Quartetto Vanvitelli, joins La Bella Musica di Monteverdi to perform Innocente cor mio by Antonio Caldara.Watch Now
Celebrated harpist Gwyneth Wentink returns to La Bella Musica di Monteverdi with a beautiful performance of Study by John Thomas.Watch More
Lena Yokoyama, Alessandro Copia, and Diego Maccagnola of Trio Kanon join La Bella Musica di Monteverdi to perform Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Trio No.3, mov. No.2 Allegretto grazioso.Watch More
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.
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.
Soprano Christine Goerke has sung much of the great soprano repertoire, from Mozart and Handel heroines to dramatic Strauss and Wagner roles. In addition to appearing in the major opera houses, Christine has also performed with a number of leading orchestras and alongside some of the world's foremost conductors.
Frances Mayes wrote Under the Tuscan Sun, which was followed by other international best sellers. Her recent books are Women in Sunlight, See You in the Piazza, and Always Italy. She lives in Cortona and in Hillsborough, NC.
Ondine Cohane is a Contributing Editor of Conde Nast Traveler, writes for the New York Times, and the London Telegraph, and has appeared on CNN, PBS, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. In 2006 she and her ex-husband opened two boutique hotels in Pienza where she now lives with her son, Jacopo.
Canadian pianist Lucille Chung made her debut with the Montreal Symphony at the age of 10 and has performed with many leading orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Seoul Philharmonic, BBC Wales with conductors such as Dutoit, Pendercki, Spivakov and Nézet-Seeguin in over 30 countries. She graduated from Curtis and Juilliard.
Italian pianist Alessio Bax was the first prize winner at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu piano competition. He has performed with over 120 orchestras including London Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, under conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov and Jaap van Zweden.
Though he was born and raised in Texas, Steve Tyrell is 100% Italian. His family hails from Sicily and Calabria. The Grammy-winning producer has worked with Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, and others. His appearance in Father of the Bride led to a hit recording career with 12-albums... and counting
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Grammy-winning conductor, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, is revered as one of the world’s most innovative and dynamic musicians. In addition to being a regular guest of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, his work as founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra has marked him as a pioneer of historically informed performances.
Barry Banks is an English lyric tenor who, after a long association with The Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera, has achieved acclaim as one of the finest interpreters of the Italian bel canto repertoire. His prestigious career has taken him to most of the world's leading opera houses and orchestras.
Wendy Bryn Harmer
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ms. Harmer has appeared more than 150 times onstage there in dozens of roles. Wendy Bryn has a particular love of recital and concert repertoire and has appeared in concert performances worldwide.
Nicole Cabell is an operatic soprano who has sung lead roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, and Royal Opera House Covent Garden amongst others. She has recorded solo albums with Decca and Delos, and is the 2005 winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Gwyneth Wentink is an internationally acclaimed harpist, cultural entrepreneur and arts advocate working across many genres and roles. She is founder and director of State of the United Arts, an arts think tank and performance platform and director of Foundation Harp.
David Benoit fell in love with jazz in 1965 after watching a Charlie Brown special on television and hearing the music of Vince Guaraldi. A pioneer and architect of contemporary jazz, Benoit has created a four-decade legacy of delighting fans internationally. David also currently hosts a morning radio show on KKJZ 88.1 FM in Long Beach, CA.
Quartetto di Cremona
Since its formation in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremona has established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Regularly invited to perform in major music festivals in Europe, America, Asia, they garner universal acclaim for their high level of interpretive artistry.
Admired for his interpretive depth, vocal strength, and range of expressivity, tenor Paul Appleby is one of the sought-after voices of his generation. A versatile artist, he is equally in demand on the world’s leading concert, recital, and opera stages.
Louis Langrée is music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. Guest conducting highlights include the New York, Berlin, Vienna, London, and Czech Philharmonic orchestras; the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and Vienna Staatsoper; and the Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence, and Edinburgh festivals.
Ilya Finkelshteyn joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as Principal Cello in 2009 and holds the same position at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. Born in Leningrad and trained at the Juilliard School, he was previously Principal Cello at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and before that a member of the St. Louis Symphony.
Soprano Liesl Odenweller is a co-founder of Venice Music Project, which supports
musical archaeology in archives all over the world to rediscover and share the amazing musical treasures from the Venetian Baroque period. She also performs in opera houses and with important orchestras and conductors in Europe and the US.
Cellist Federico Toffano’s true passion lies in the world of historical performance. He travels internationally with Venice Baroque Orchestra, Il Pomo d’Oro, and Les Musiciens du Louvre to perform in the most important Festivals and concert halls like Tokyo Opera City, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festspielhaus, and Frankfurt Opernhaus.
Marija Jovanovic (harpsichord, contralto) has dedicated her life to early music, following the pattern of XVI century musicians: playing harpsichord and organ, and, inevitably, singing. She is active as a solo organist and harpsichordist but also works with various early music chamber groups. As a singer, she is part of Ensemble Oktoechos, who specialize in medieval vocal performance.
Stephanie Blythe is one of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Wagner, German lieder to contemporary and classic American song.
Born in Piacenza, Giuseppina graduated from the Conservatoire of her hometown at a very young age. She furthered her studies at the Scuola dell’Opera Italiana in Bologna and at the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro. Her career brought her to sing in the most important venues in Italy and Europe.