Monteverdi 450


Victoria Rooms


2.00 - 5.30pm

Monteverdi is one of the most important composers in the history of Western classical music and we are proud to be embarking on a close relationship with maestro Sir John Eliot Gardiner, his English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir to present a landmark semi-staged series of Monteverdi’s three surviving operas – Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, I’Incoronazione di Poppea and L’Orfeo.

For three nights in April and May 2017 Bristol will be at the heart of the classical music world, as the premiere of these operas take place at Colston Hall.

Bristol Plays Music is organising a unique symposium on Renaissance Music – the life and work of Monteverdi at the University of Bristol Music Department (Victoria Rooms), on March 22nd 2017. We will be welcoming prominent musicologists from around the UK and Europe to speak and will be joined by the University Baroque Orchestra and Madrigal Ensemble who will play throughout the afternoon.

This event is aimed at high achieving year 10/11 Musicians (gradesA*-C), A Level Musicians and first year undergraduates, and will give students a taste of how music is studied and played at a major UK university.

Participants will learn about Claudio Monteverdi and his influence on the development of music, particularly opera and vocal music.  They will have the chance to hear Monteverdi’s music being performed at the highest level in some of the best performing spaces in the city.

Bristol University/Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra – FREE symposium for y11/12/13 students – March 22nd 2017, 2.00pm-5.30pm / Victoria Rooms

On Sunday 7th May and Saturday 27th May we are also holding workshops on I’Incoronazione di Poppea and L’Orfeo operas. These are unique opportunities to see and hear the music of Monteverdi being played up close by the world’s experts in his music, and to have unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes information and rehearsals that the general public don’t get to see.  Exploring how the original instruments work, how Monteverdi’s music influenced the direction of modern music and how it is relevant today.

· Poppea: education workshops on Sunday 7th May 6-10pm before Colston Hall performance on Monday 8th May

· Orfeo: education workshops on Saturday 27th May 6-10pm before the Colston Hall performance on Sunday 28th May (Bank Holiday weekend/half term)

For further information and to book a place please contact

There are still £1 tickets for Under 18s available and £8.50 tickets for Under 25s for the main performances at Colston Hall.  Secure your tickets below.

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