Das Alte Werk

Early music fans can look forward to major operas and vocal works such as Henry Purcell’s »Dido and Aeneas« and Claudio Monteverdi’s »Vespers of 1610« and historical performance pioneers like Thomas Hengelbrock and Sir John Eliot Gardiner this season

Romina Lischka
Romina Lischka © Marina Vranjes

Fans of early music can look forward to grand operas and vocal works of the 17th and 18th centuries this season. A star-studded cast led by Joyce DiDonato performs Henry Purcell’s »Dido and Aeneas«, one of the most significant dramatic works of the Baroque era. The early music pioneers Thomas Hengelbrock and Sir John Eliot Gardiner each take to the stage with their ensembles, the latter for a performance of Handel’s visually epic oratorio »Israel in Egypt«. Claudio Monteverdi’s » Vespers of 1610« is one of the most beautiful sacred compositions ever written, while another compelling programme is devoted to music composed during the Thirty Years’ War. In another highlight, Reinoud Van Mechelen presents excerpts from Jean Philippe Rameau’s diverse operatic oeuvre, treating the audience to his high tenor voice that is without parallel.

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