Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth, the Academy of Ancient Music and Choir of the AAM perform his magnificent Vespers, joined by a roster of brilliant soloists.
Monteverdiís Vespers of 1610 are some of the most elaborate calling cards ever created: sublime, uplifting choral music at its best. With soaring vocals from the Choir of the AAM and soloists including soprano Rowan Pierce and tenor Charles Daniels, this performance is sure to do them justice.
At the time Monteverdi composed these Vespers, he was highly regarded as a secular composer, but yearned for a role at the papal court. Although he never quite managed to work for a Pope, he happily spent his last years at the Dogeís court in Venice.
Programme & Performers
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610
Academy of Ancient Music *Robert Howarth director/harpsichord Rowan Pierce soprano Louise Alder soprano Charles Daniels tenor Thomas Hobbs tenor Richard Latham bass Choir of the AAM
*Please note that Robert Howarth will replace Richard Egarr who was originally advertised as director for this concert.
Richard and his wife are expecting a baby in June and therefore Richard has decided to withdraw from concerts around this time in order to be with his family.
Robert Howarth read music at the University of York and is fast establishing a growing reputation as director and conductor of early and classical repertoire. Current season's projects include Music Director for Claire van Kampen's play Farinelli and the King starring Mark Rylance, Iestyn Davies at the Duke of York's Theatre and Dido & Aeneas with The Birmingham Opera Company.