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Forum Series: Monteverdi and the Birth of Opera

  • Steven Baxter Recital Studio 3 Conservatory Drive Singapore 117376 (map)

Paul Agnew, presenter

After having presented all of Monteverdi’s madrigals, Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants pursue their exploration of this repertoire, with a programme gathering extracts from Books IV, V and VI.

The years of the publication of the FourthFifth and Sixth Books are perhaps some of themost significant in the development in Western music. The Fourth Book is published in 1603, the Fifth in 1605 and the Sixth in 1614. Interspersed with these publications are the compositions of the operas, L’Orfeo in 1607 and L’Arianna in 1608. With these works the future of music is forever changed, and subsequently, the five-voice madrigal will cease be a central form for Monteverdi, as the Seventh and Eighth Books in their very different ways,will reveal. (…) The works selected in this program are part of the last great flowering of the madrigal, the form that had dominated musical composition for 150 years.



Ticketing Information
• Free admission.
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• Out of respect for other concert goers, no children under 6 years of age will be allowed admission.


Earlier Event: March 28
Senior Recital - Voice
Later Event: March 28
Bohemian Landscapes