Italian conductors in New York series. Rinaldo Alessandrini in conversation with Harvey Sachs
Rinaldo Alessandrini will conduct, on Tuesday February 21, Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (opera in concert) at the Stern Auditorium as part of the Festival La Serenissima, Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic organized by the Carnegie Hall.
Rinaldo Alessandrini is a virtuoso on Baroque keyboards, including harpsichord, fortepiano, and organ. He is the founder and conductor of the Italian early music ensemble Concerto Italiano, performing music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Couperin, Bach, and others. He is considered a foremost interpreter of early Italian opera.
Besides his conducting and performing with Concerto Italiano, he has an intense solo activity, as frequent guest of festivals around the world, the USA, Canada, Japan as well as in Europe. His discography that includes not only the works of Italian composers but also of the German school, has earned accolades and awards from the Discographic Critics (including a Grand Prix du Disque and a Critic Award German Discographic besides three Gramophone Awards with Italian Concert).
In 2003 he was appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture, and is Academico of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. Together with Italian Concert he has, also, received in 2003 the prize Abbiati. He recently directed Semele of Handel (Toronto) and the return of Ulysses in the homeland of Monteverdi (Turin).
Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea) is opera on the grand scale with mellifluous arias and breathtaking duets that tell a tale of ancient Roman political machinations, adultery, and murder in which there is no true protagonist. This stunningly expressive music is performed by an all-star cast.
The Guardian wrote that “there are few performers better-versed in the music of Claudio Monteverdi than Rinaldo Alessandrini and the ensemble he founded 30 years ago, Concerto Italiano.” Alessandrini and company anchor a performance that promises to be one of the season’s most thrilling nights of opera.