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VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA

Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. The Orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan and Korea.

Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, the VBO has given the modern-day premieres of Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione, Vivaldi’s Atenaide and Andromeda liberata, Benedetto Marcello’s La morte d’Adone and Il trionfo della poesia e della musica. With Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Orchestra staged Handel’s Siroe in 2000, followed by equally successful stagings of Cimarosa’s L’Olimpiade in 2001 and Galuppi’s L’Olimpiade in 2006. The Orchestra reprised Siroe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in its first full staging in the United States. In Spain in 2009, the VBO gave the modern-day premiere of Boccherini’s La Clementina.

Highlights of the current season have included performances with violinist Giuliano Carmignola at the Enescu Festival and in France and Switzerland; performances in Italy and Russia with mezzo-soprano Romina Basso; and the opening of the season of the Bruge Concertgebouw with performances of Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater and Gloria. The VBO concluded the summer with a tour of festivals in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland featuring mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená. Last season witnessed a 28-city tour of the United States with violinist Robert McDuffie in premiere performances of Philip Glass’s new violin concerto, The American Four Seasons; a tour of Japan and Korea with violinist Giuliano Carmignola; a series of concerts in Austria and France with soprano Patricia Petibon; Vivaldi’s La senna festeggiante performed in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Baroque cello concertos with Gautier Capuçon in Germany; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Théâtre des Champs Elysées with soprano Veronica Cangemi and contralto Sara Mingardo; a US tour with violinists Giuliano Carmignola and Giulio Plotino; Vivaldi arias with Romina Basso in the Concertgebouw, and the Monteverdi Vespers in Leipzig.

In recent seasons, the Orchestra has performed with Cecilia Bartoli, Anna Netrebko, Vivica Genaux, Andreas Scholl, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Roberta Invernizzi, Simone Kermes and Viktoria Mullova. Mr. Marcon also invites the upcoming generation of soloists to tour with the orchestra, and has been developing a series of Baroque concerto programs that feature artists including recorder player Anna Fusek and bassoonist Giulia Genini.
The VBO has an extensive discography with Sony and Deutsche Grammophon. Their world-premiere recording of Andromeda liberata for DG was followed by two recordings of violin concertos with Giuliano Carmignola; an album of Vivaldi sinfonias and concertos for strings; Vivaldi motets and arias with soprano Simone Kermes, two discs with Ms. Kožená—Handel arias and Vivaldi arias, and Vivaldi concertos for two violins with Viktoria Mullova and Giuliano Carmignola. Their latest album is of Italian arias with Ms. Petibon. In 2012, Naïve will release L’Olimpiade, the first of several projects planned for the coming seasons. The Orchestra’s earlier discography on Sony includes The Four Seasons, two albums of previously unrecorded Vivaldi concertos, Locatelli violin concertos, and a collection of Bach arias featuring Angelika Kirchschlager. For its recordings, the Orchestra has been honored with the Diaspason D’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Echo Award and the Edison Award.

In addition to frequent radio broadcast of their concerts and recordings, the Orchestra have been seen worldwide through several television specials, including films by the BBC, ARTE, NTR (Dutch), and NHK. This season they have been the subject of three video tapings, in Roumania, Croatia, Lisbon. And in Venice, they were recently filmed as the exclusive orchestra for an upcoming documentary on Vivaldi. The Venice Baroque Orchestra is supported by Fondazione Cassamarca in Treviso.
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