Cremona celebrates anniversary at the Monteverdi Festival

Cremona Cathedral

ROME- The whole town of Cremona, its public and private historical palaces, baroque churches and beautiful ‘secret’ gardens and courts are evoking Claudio Monteverdi’s life and age. The town is celebrating the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth with a music festival, a project based on quality and networking.

 The ‘Monteverdi year’ is an original and rich programme production, with masterclasses, exhibitions, research all dedicated to discovering the creativity of the renowned Cremonese composer: an opportunity to nurture new creative strategies, launch and establish new cultural and touristic projects.

 Cremona is a lively town rich of events, history and innovation, internationally acknowledged, bound to its past but relaunched towards the future. 

 The closing concert of the Monteverdi celebrations will be a memorable event: Monteverdi’sVespers of the blessed Virgin, an absolute masterpiece of all times and mirror of his genial eclecticism, will be performed in Cremona’s magnificent Cathedral.

 Outstanding protagonists of the concert will be the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, renowned for his intellectual accuracy, his profound musicality and his long experience of Monteverdi repertoire.

Saturday, June 24, 21:00 hrs, Ponchielli Theatre, Cathedral, Cremona 



A portrait of Claudio Monteverdi, painted by Bernardo Strozzi c.1630
The English Baroque Soloists