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Monteverdi 450 Named The Guardian's No. 1 Classical Show of 2017
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It has been announced today that Monteverdi 450 has been named The Guardian's Top Classical Show of 2017. We are absolutely delighted to receive this recognition as we come to the end of a fantastic year celebrating the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth. 

Andrew Clements writes, 'What came through in Monteverdi’s scores was sometimes shatteringly vivid. When these earliest of all music-theatre masterpieces are presented as intelligently and faithfully as this, the subsequent three and a half centuries of operatic history become almost irrelevant. Monteverdi’s genius seems to have understood and exploited every possibility that the newly invented genre offered.'

Read the full article here



 
Monteverdi 450 Costume Auction - 12-17 December
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This is your chance to own a piece of Monteverdi 450 history!

Throughout 2017, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir embarked on a monumetal project touring Claudio Monteverdi's three surviving operas in celebration of the 450th anniversary of his birth. The Monteverdi 450 Trilogy Tour took audiences by storm commencing fittingly at Venice's Teatro La Fenice before travelling onwards to European festivals from Edinburgh to Salzburg and Lucerne before concluding in Chicago and New York. 

Part of what made this sensational tour so special were the beautiful costumes worn by the performers. These stylish costumes were commissioned to help us bring Monteverdi's unforgettable stories alive visually for our audiences, and now, to celebrate the conclusion of this spectacular project we will be selling these items, plus other treasured memorabilia from the tour, in an online auction through our eBay page between 12-17 December. 

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity offering you the chance to own an exclusive piece of Monteverdi magic, which will provide you with a priceless memory of Monteverdi 450.

Further information and photos will be available on each item once the auction goes live, however, if you have any questions regarding the online sale please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call +44(0)20 7719 0120.

Please note the items will go live sometime between 6pm and 6.15pm, this is due to eBay site posting delays. We apologise if this causes inconvenience. 

Sale Catalogue: 

Exclusive item:


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Viola da Gamba | Played by Kinga Gáborjáni  This is a unique opportunity to own the Viola de Gamba played onstage throughout the Monteverdi 450 Tour by English Baroque Soloists member, Kinga Gáborjáni. This 7-String Bass Viol is made of maple and spruce with ebony pegs and was constructed by Wang Zhi Ming in 2009. It has a plain scroll and the body is very lightly decorated. 

Bids from £4000


L'Orfeo 

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L’Orfeo

Orfeo | Worn by Krystian Adam

 

Gold Woven Jacket & White Balloon Trousers

40” Chest

Mixed Fibres

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £250

 
OR05

L’Orfeo

Ninfa | Worn by Anna Dennis

 

Mid-length Grey Dress

40” Chest

Silk

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £150

 
OR06

L’Orfeo

Euridice/La Musica | Worn by by Hana Blažiková

 

White Silk Dress with Detachable Black Chiffon Cape

40” Chest

Silk & Chiffon

Bids from £99.99

Buy it Now

£200

 
OR07A

L’Orfeo

Proserpina | Worn by Francesca Boncompagni

 

Black and White Silk Dress

40” Chest

Silk

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £175

 
OR10

L’Orfeo

Speranza | Worn by Justin Kim

 

Mustard/Gold Dress

40” Chest

Mixed Fibres

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now

£150

 
OR12

L’Orfeo

Caronte | Worn by Gianluca Buratto

 

Black Woven Wrap Top

44” Chest

Cotton

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £100

 
OR13

L’Orfeo

Plutone | Worn by Gianluca Buratto

 

Tunic with Decorative Beading

44” Chest

Polyester

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £100

 
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L’Orfeo

Apollo | Worn by Furio Zanasi

 

Yellow Tunic & Gold Balloon Trousers

M/L

Silk

Polyester

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £100

 
OR01

L’Orfeo

Cream Silk Chorus Dresses

40” Chest

Silk

Buy it Now £100 each

 
OR02

L’Orfeo

Champagne Pink Silk Chorus Dresses

40” Chest

Silk

Buy it Now £100 each



Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria
 
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Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria

Ulisse | Worn by Furio Zanasi

 

Brown/Gold Men’s Tunic

One Size L/XL

Microfibre

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now

£100


U05A

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria Penelope | Worn by Lucile Richardot

 


Purple Dress with Chiffon Cape & Hat
40” Chest Silk and Chiffon Bids from £99.99

Buy it Now £300
 
U02

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria

Ericlea | Worn by Francesca Biliotti

 

Grey Dress

40” Chest

Mixed Fibres

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now

£150

 
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Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria

Giunone | Worn by Francesca Boncompagni

 

Blue Velvet Dress

40” Chest

Velvet

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £200

 
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Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria

Melanto | Worn by Anna Dennis

 

Cream Crepe Dress

40” Chest

Crepe

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £150


L’incoronazione di Poppea 
 
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L’incoronazione di Poppea

Nerone | Worn by Justin Kim

 

Blue Issey Miyake Pleated Shirt, Pleated Trousers & Long Jacket

One Size

Mixed Fibres

Bids from £99.99

Buy it Now £400

 
P10A

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Poppea | Worn by Hana Blažiková

 

White Silk Dress, Red Cape & Crown

40” Chest

Silk, Velvet & Polyester

Bids from £99.99

Buy it Now £400

 
P07

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Poppea | Worn by Hana Blažiková

 

Pink Dress

40” Chest

Mixed Fibres

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £150

 
P01

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Valletto | Worn by Silvia Frigato

 

Women’s Moschino Shirt

Size 8

Cotton & Elastane

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £100

 
P03

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Ottone | Worn by Carlo Vistoli

 

Men’s Long Blue Draped Tunic

40” Chest

Mixed Fibres

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now

£150

 
P04

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Arnalta | Worn by Lucile Richardot

 

Women’s Black Short Sleeved Dress, Pink Sash & Black Turban

42” Waist

50” Chest

Mixed Fibres

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £250

 
P05

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Fortuna | Worn by Hana Blažiková

 

Green Dress

40” Chest

Silk

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £200

 
P10B

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Ottavia | Worn by Marianna Pizzolato

 

Red and Burgundy Dress & Cape

50” Chest

Silk / Velvet & Polyester

Bids from £99.99

Buy it Now £300

 
P11

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Damigella | Worn by Francesca Boncompagni

 

Light Blue Dress

40” Chest

Mixed Fibres

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now £100

 
P12

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Druscilla | Worn by Anna Dennis

 

Light Grey Dress & Silver Pleated Fabric

40” Chest

Silk

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now

£250

 
P06

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Virtù | Worn by Anna Dennis

 

Burgundy Silk Dress

40” Chest

Silk

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now

£200

 
P15

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Amore | Worn by Silvia Frigato

 

Black Winged Jumpsuit with Red Cummerbund

Size 8

Polyester

Bids from £49.99

Buy it Now

£150

 
Howard Hodgkin Estate donates sale proceeds to MCO
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We are delighted to announce that MCO are the grateful beneficiaries of the sale of a painting in the Sotheby’s Howard Hodgkin: Portrait of the Artist auction which took place in London on 24th October. The painting - 'Travelling' - is pictured above. 

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Howard Hodgkin estate for this very generous donation and display of support. This valuable contribution will assist us in achieving our future ambitions and continue in sharing our music-making with global audiences.

 
In memory of Kevin Lavery

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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our dear friend and supporter Kevin Lavery – who died peacefully in hospital on Sunday 22 October.

Kevin loved music and was a devoted supporter of Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras and our record label SDG, generously giving much of his time and energy to further our projects and music-making. He will be profoundly missed.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones at this sad time.

'In so many ways Kevin Lavery was the model director of a musical charity such as ours: a tremendous lover of music, an indefatigable and generous supporter of the Monteverdi Choir and its twin orchestras, and a wise counsel on matters of business. As a director of our record label SDG over many years he singlehandedly set up our royalty payment systems with incredible precision, working countless hours pro bono. His enthusiasm for each new artistic venture was palpable and heartening, and I shall treasure his written impressions and assessments of the concerts he attended both here and abroad. He was the most delightful company and we shall miss him sorely.'

John Eliot Gardiner

 
Music Teacher Awards for Excellence Finalists
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We are delighted that together with Bristol Plays Music, we have been nominated for Best Classical Music Education Initiative as part of Rhinegold Music and Drama Expo's Music Teacher Awards for Excellence!

As part of our commitment to education and outreach, earlier this year, in conjunction with our #Monteverdi450 Trilogy performances at Colston Hall, we joined forces with music education hub Bristol Plays Music to give local school children and members of Bristol Youth Choir a series of workshops on Claudio Monteverdi.

With the award sponsored by Classic FM, you are able to vote to help us achieve this wonderful award - more information of how to do so will follow soon!

To see a full list of awards and nominations please click here

 
Paris Monteverdi 450 Trilogy Performance Reviews
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Bachtrack
 ★★★★ by Maeva Da Cruz  

'The harmonic and rhythmic audacities of this complex score...seem familiar to the English Baroque Soloists orchestra, which shows remarkable ease by deploying so many colors in the performance'

ConcertClassic.com
 by Michel Le Naour 

'[Sir John Eliot Gardiner's] training of the English Baroque Soloists assisted by the Monteverdi Choir offers an interpretation of all beauty where instrumental perfection disputes with grace'

Concerto.net by Olivier Brunel

'[Sir John Eliot Gardiner's] leadership at the head of the superb English Baroque Soloistsis is musical perfection itself' 

Olyrix by Frédérique Epin

'The magnificent sonority of the ensemble of old instruments, the roundness of the violins and the velvety flutes and the variety of timbres and phrasings are in perfect match with the supple and precise gesture of the leader'

Olyrix
 by Charles Arden
'The instrumental ensemble, opulent wonder of refinement, makes the meadows flourish under the footsteps of lovers together'

 
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