In 2013, a group of internationally recognized musicians, tired of traveling the world, decided to create a new musical reality in Venice.
Performing on period instruments or exact copies, in exactly the manner of Vivaldi’s time, we not only continue our “musical archaeology,” finding manuscripts of music in archives and libraries and performing them for the first time in 200-300 years, we have expanded our mission to include the restoration of the beautiful and historic venues where we perform. In this manner, we hope to leave a greater Venetian patrimony for this and future generations to enjoy.
To hear Venice’s musical innovations performed in their original settings is absolutely breathtaking. It is thanks to the strong musical traditions of Venice, sponsored by the families that were the backbone of the Republic of the Serenissima, that we have today’s music. Without Venetian Church music and Monteverdi’s huge advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli, and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented, but also there would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it.
Even as we restore, we also create: the original pastiche that was created in 2014 by Liesl Odenweller and Andrea di Robilant based on the true 18th-century Venetian love story as recounted in Robilant’s book A Venetian Affair, has quickly become a favorite, drawing international audiences to the performances in Venice. The production, with staging and sets by the acclaimed operatic team Barbe and Doucet and music by Venetia Antiqua, narrated by Robilant himselt, will tour in the US in 2018.