Monteverdi Tuscany is delighted to announce its 2015 cultural programme in the idyllic hilltop village destination of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. Since its inception, Monteverdi Tuscany Cultural has invited individuals from the worlds of performing and visual arts, culinary arts, literature and philosophy to participate in its cultural programme, both to support the arts and humanities and to stimulate, enrich and entertain guests.
A highlight of the 2015 programme will be the return of Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Accademia Monteverdiana in July. The renowned conductor will once again work with emerging Italian opera singers on a series of master classes that will culminate in a concert at the Incontri in Terra di Siena music festival in Tuscany on Saturday 25 July. Monteverdi Tuscany is also delighted to announce a new concert series for 2015 which will feature both renowned artists, such as Cinzia Forte, Maurizio Baglini and Stefano Montanari (who will perform original and exclusive programmes) and critically acclaimed, rising stars, such as Francesca Aspromonte, Adriana Di Paola and the saxophone pupils of Alda Dalle Lucche.
Throughout 2015, Sarah McCrory will continue to curate the Monteverdi Gallery and the artist in residence programme that enables artists to spend time living and working in the village, producing works for the Monteverdi Gallery. The 2015 programme includes residencies by Fay Nicholson and Patrizio Di Massimo who will create new exhibitions for the Monteverdi Gallery following their periods in residence. Previous artists have included Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (2013) and Sanya Kantarovsky (2014).
Exhibition: 3 July – 12 July 2015
Talk and Reception: 3 July 2015
Fay Nicolson (Derby, UK 1984) is a London-based artist whose work plays with the physicality of images and the possibilities for formal and material transformation through repetition. Notions of process, documentation, narrative and abstraction weave through her practice, meaning that her final works all exist as fragments of a wider aesthetic project. Recent works include a series of large digital prints on silk that depict scaled up watercolours on graph paper and are reminiscent of modern textile designs.
Nicholson will be in residence at Monteverdi and will exhibit a body of work exploring textiles, pattern and colour. A new series of small-scale watercolour paintings will be combined with sculptural, large scale prints.
Patrizio di Massimo
Exhibition: 18 July – 28 August 2015
Talk and Reception: 18 July 2015
Patrizio Di Massimo (Italy, 1983) is a London-based artist whose works bypass reality, constructing an imaginary world in which clouds, mythical figures and angels live together in a cosmological construct suspended in time and space. For his residency at Monteverdi, Di Massimo will continue a series of small paintings portraying saint’s faces, that were initially shown at the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale in a Carlo Scarpa designed studio. These works will be shown alongside an installation of new hand-painted ceramics.
20 – 25 July 2015
Sir John Eliot Gardiner will return to Monteverdi to direct the second Accademia Monteverdiana, following the success of the 2014 edition. The series of intensive master classes for emerging opera singers, which guests are invited to observe, will culminate in a performance on 25 July at the Gala Concert of the Incontri in Terra di Siena, which is recognised as the premier music festival in Tuscany. The Accademia gives guests the unique opportunity to watch one of the world’s leading conductors at work, observing what is normally a private experience between conductor and singer. By attending one or more of these sessions guests can literally hear and see great art being made, note by note, and bar by bar.
4 August – 8 August 2015
The Amerilia Quartet will return to Monteverdi Tuscany this August for their third residency. The quartet is an international partnership of musicians: Cynthia Krenzel Doggett (Iowa, USA) on clarinet, Joseph Gold (California, USA) on violin, Marco Cadario (Milan, Italy) on piano, and Antonella Romanazzi (Castellana Grotte, Italy) as vocalist. The concerts will take place in Monteverdi’s 14th-century Romanesque church, Chiesa Sant’ Andrea, on 4 August, 6 August and 8 August.
Stefano Montanari – Sonatas and partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach
28 August 2015
Renowned Italian violinist Stefano Montanari will perform sonatas and partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach in the beautiful surroundings of Castiglioncello’s 14th-century church.
Grammy Award-nominated Stefano Montanari is one of the most outstanding baroque violinists of his generation. His innovative recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas on the baroque violin was published for the Italian music magazine Amadeus. He performs regularly, both as conductor and violinist, in venues including Maggio Musicale, in Florence; Teatro La Fenice, Venice; Opéra de Lyon; Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow; Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam; Teatro Filarmonico and Arena, Verona and Teatro Regio, Turin.
A dinner at the opera
19 September 2015
A special dinner for the Monteverdi Tuscany guests will be transformed into a splendid concert featuring famous and beloved opera arias from Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Mascagni and Bernstein, sung by five emerging opera singers: Angela Nisi (soprano), Beatrice Mezzanotte (mezzosoprano), Jenish Ysmanov (tenor), Daniele Terenzi (baritone), and Federico Benetti (bass). Mirca Rosciani will accompany on piano.
30 September 2015
Renowned saxophonist Alda Dalle Lucche will lead her students in a compelling musical journey that spans from Palestrina to Piazzolla. Dalle Lucche has performed with conductors such as Mehta, Berio, Prêtre, Maazel, Bychkov, Oren and Bartoletti. She teaches at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesola and has recorded for Philips, Pentaphon and Musicaimmagine, Amiata Records, Nuova Era and Videoradio Classica.
Cinzia Forte (soprano) and Maurizio Baglini (piano) – “The Seasons”
12 October 2015
Renowned artists Cinzia Forte and Maurizio Baglini will perform Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Wolf, Grieg, Fauré, Respighi, and Strauss. The concert will feature these two outstanding artists performing together for the first time. Soprano Cinzia Forte has been praised by international critics for the uncommon elegance of her phrasing and her remarkable stage presence. She will be accompanied by pianist Maurizio Baglini who is one of the most brilliant and respected musicians on the international scene. His prolific career has taken him to major music venues throughout Europe, America and Asia. He has had over a thousand concerts as a soloist and as many for chamber music.
Francesca Aspromonte and Adriana Di Paola: Solos & Duets
16 October 2015
As the finale to the concert series, solos and duets will be performed by soprano Francesca Aspromonte and alto Adriana Di Paola, two internationally acclaimed young singers discovered at the Accademia Monteverdiana in 2014. Aspromonte’s recent performance at Carnegie Hall was praised by The New York Times as “superb.” Aspromonte and Di Paola will perform solo pieces and blend their voices in duet for a unique performance. Sir John Eliot Gardiner will provide an introduction to the concert and to the artists, both of whom trained under his guidance.
The Art of Wine Making
Every week at Monteverdi’s Enoteca, a leading Tuscan winemaker will host a master class in the art of making and tasting wine. These weekly seminars will highlight some of Italy’s, and indeed the world’s, finest wines, and will extend throughout the year.