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Denman Baroque Workshop & Festival

April 30, 2023 @ 8:00 am - May 6, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Monteverdi Madrigals and Il Ballo delle Ingrate

April 30 – May 6, 2023

The 2022 Workshop and Festival was a great success, featuring Venus and Adonis by John Blow as well as a fine concert by our Contrasto Armonico tutors. We thank all the volunteers, the audience, local businesses and participants who made the event run so well. Our next event will be from April 30 to May 6, 2023 and take place in the Denman Island Community Hall. Under direction from our Music Director, Marco Vitale, the workshop participants will perform Il Ballo delle ingrate, a short ballet-opera by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Additionally they will perform Monteverdi’s four late Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi. Like Il Ballo, those works are also from Book 8 of madrigals.

Il Ballo was written in 1608, a year after Orfeo, the earliest widely performed opera, which we presented in 2018. Il Ballo was commissioned as an entertainment at the wedding of Francesco Gonzaga and Margaret of Savoy in Mantua. Both took part in the dancing. It tells the story of Venus and her son Cupid asking the god of the underworld, Pluto, for help because Cupid’s arrows were no longer having their intended effect. Pluto tells them that the Ingrates or thankless souls were not giving their partners enough love, hence they were condemned to eternity in the underworld. Pluto brings them out of the fearsome mouth of the
underworld to dance and demonstrate what a wretched future can be expected if partners do not give sufficient love.
Advance tickets for the May 6 Monteverdi concert are now available on this website denmanbaroque.ca, and will be available at the door.

Additionally, Romeo Ciuffa will tutor a workshop for recorders, and Paul Luchkow will tutor a workshop for strings. Participants will perform in a Friday evening concert (7.30 pm, Denman Community Hall by donation).

We are excited to welcome the renowned tenor, Marcel Beekman, as voice coach. As members of Contrasto Armonico, the tutors and our Music Director, Marco Vitale, will perform a concert of baroque chamber music on Wednesday May 3 in the Denman Community Hall at 7.30 pm (by donation). More details will be announced closer to the date.



Last updated April 17, 2023


April 30, 2023 @ 8:00 am
May 6, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
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