IN 2017, Ludovico’s Band commemorates the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), the towering figure of the Italian baroque. His extraordinary creativity saw him perfect a new genre – opera – transforming the old world of madrigals, arias and instrumental works into a sparkling new musical language.

Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

Tuesday 7 March @ 6pm – Monteverdi – Love and War
Framed by his contemporaries and celebrating the astonishing richness of his Eighth Book of Madrigals, we traverse the landscape between love and war, with laments, tears, battles and caresses.

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Tuesday 1 August @ 6pm- Monteverdi – Operatic Genius
His name is synonymous with the genesis of what we now know as opera – the thrilling combination of text, music, drama, movement. This program presents dramatic excerpts from Poppea, L’Orfeo and Ulisses.

Tuesday 21 November @ 6pm – Monteverdi – the grand madrigals
The only surviving excerpt from his opera Arianna, this Lament contains some of Monteverdi’s most vivid writing, Completing our survey of the works of this great composer, we present a rare performance of the Ballo delle ingrate – the ‘dance of the ungrateful ladies’ – written for a wedding celebration in Mantua in 1608.