Airs pour le Roi Soleil
Airs and instrumental music written during the lifetime of Louis le Grand: the Sun King
Musica Antica Rotherhithe present an intimate programme of songs and instrumental works written during the lifetime of Louis XIV (1638-1715), from the Italian Cantatas popularised in the years following the first opera productions brought to France, to the rarely heard airs of Michel Lambert and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, as well as excerpts from Jean-Baptiste Lully's comédie-ballet Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme which was first performed in the Sun King's court in 1670.
The virtuoso violin in 17th Century Italy and Austria
Violinist Maxim Del Mar presents a free concert of music by two of the greatest Austrian composers of the 17th Century, H.I.F. Biber and J.H Schmelzer, whose adoption and transformation of the new Italian style left us with some of the most extraordinary music ever written for the violin.
Thursday 3rd September 2020, 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Streamed Live from the Stage at Sands Films Studios
'Twixt Sighs and Tears
Songs of love & loss by the forebears & heirs of Monteverdi
Musica Antica Rotherhithe present arias by four of the greatest and yet most rarely-heard composers of the 17th Century, beginning with the sworn rivals Jacopo Peri and Giulio Caccini, forced to work together at the very birth of opera, and culminating in the ‘two swans’ of Luigi Rossi and Francesco Cavalli, who became Europe’s most popular composers in the wake of the death of Claudio Monteverdi.
Love songs from the earliest printed books
Musica Antica perform love songs from some of the earliest songbooks, printed by Ottaviano Petrucci from 1501 onwards. Collating a tradition of 15th Century music that was sometimes written down, but often improvised, Petrucci left us with one of the greatest musical legacies of the Italian Renaissance, if now all-too rarely heard.
Thursday 19th November 2020, 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Streamed Live from the Stage at Sands Films Studios
P R E V I O U S P E R F O R M A N C E S
Antonio Abati (~1590 - 1667)
Set by an anonymous Italian composer
Four patients wait for a doctor that seems to have forgotten them; the parallels with our own time are surprising, but such is the poet Antonio Abati's satire of healthcare, hypochondria and society's response to poverty which has lost none of its wit and pertinence in the 350 years since it was written.
A revival of our largest project to date, and only the second staging of this anonymous masterpiece in miniature since the 17th Century.
First performed November 2018, revived
Created and performed by Sue & Ed Aldred with music performed by Musica Antica, Sounds & Sweet Ayres was the first biographical play of its kind to focus on the life of Robert Armin, successor to the famous Will Kempe, both players in the dramas of William Shakespeare.
This semi-staged production featured music written for Shakespeare's plays from throughout the 17th Century, accompanied by lute and theorbo.
Saturday 2nd November 2019
Sounds & Sweet Ayres
The Life and times of Shakespeare's
London in music
Raquel Andueza Soprano
Jesús Fernández Baena Theorbo
We were delighted to welcome internationally-renowned soprano Raquel Andueza and theorbist Jesús Fernández Baena to give a guest performance of songs from the mid-17th Century Century by
Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporaries.
Friday 6th September 2019
Le Nuove Musiche
Passion's voice found
A semi-staged performance of some of the most powerful and unjustly-neglected music ever written for the stage by Francesco Cavalli, alongside the intimate songs and madrigals of Giulio Caccini, Jacopo Peri and Claudio Monteverdi, whose experiments redefined passion's voice at the beginning of the 17th Century.
Claudio Monteverdi: Prologue, L'Orfeo
Giulio Caccini: Excerpts from L'Euridice | Amor Io Parto
Jacopo Peri: Excerpts from L'Euridice | Lungi Dal Vostro Lume
Monteverdi: Luci Serene e Chiare | Anima Mea Perdona | Piagn'e Sospira
Francesco Cavalli: Prologue, L'Ormindo | Mia Speranza & Ecco l'Idolo Mio, Elena | Cresce'l Foco, La Statira | Piante Odorose, L'Erismena | D'Amor Non Si Quereli | L'Ormindo | Misero Cosi Va & Pur Ti Stringo, L'Eliogabalo
Saturday 27th July 2019
Uniting Pergolesi's timeless Stabat Mater, two forgotten works by Alessandro Scarlatti, one of which clearly served as Pergolesi's model, and Biber's haunting Rosary Sonatas to paint the very human story of love, loss & devotion at the centre of Holy Week.
Alessandro Scarlatti: Totus Amore Languens | Salve Regina
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Biber: Rosencranz Sonaten VI & XVI
(Christ on the Mount of Olives & The Guardian Angel)
Saturday 13th April 2019
Or, Christ Veil'd
Love songs from the courts of
France & Flanders
Philippe Verdelot: O Dolce Notte
Matteo da Perugia: Dame d'honour
Nicolas Gombert: Je Prens Congie
Guillaume Dufay: Belle, Veullies Moy Retenir
Cipriano de Rore: Mon Petit Coeur
Alexander Agricola: Fortuna Desperata
Gilles Binchois: Triste Plaisir
Josquin Desprez: Nymphes des bois
Clément Janequin: Toutes Les Nuits
Ludovicus Episcopius: Ghequetst Ben Ic Van Binnen
Saturday 23rd February 2019
Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens
Countertenor Tristram Cooke and Lutenist Peter Martin explore the Lute songs of one of England's greatest Renaissance composers, John Dowland, and his contemporary Anthony Holborne.
Saturday 10th November 2018
La Defense De La Vertu
Charpentier, Vivaldi & Caldara
Featuring some of the most beautiful and unusual music written for the church at the turn of the 18th century including Charpentier's monumental Chaconne Magnificat H.73, Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus and an abridged version of Caldara's stunning, rarely-heard oratorio Maddelena ai piedi di Cristo.
Saturday 22nd June 2018
Cavalli, Rossi and Lully
Charting the transmission of opera to France in the mid 17th Century with excerpts from Luigi Rossi's L'Orfeo and Francesco Cavalli's Ercole Amante, followed by ballets from the crowning achievement of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Moliere's collaboration: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.
Saturday 24th February 2018
Il Diluvio Universale
Musica Antica Rotherhithe gave Falvetti's Il Diluvio Universale its UK premiere. With anthropomorphised elements competing over the right to end mankind and a gleeful Grim Reaper eyeing victims, it's comedy of the darkest kind. But its pivotal message is of hope and redemption, presented in gorgeous music, and through a tale - Noah's Ark - that can be understood by all. Thanks to the generosity of Mr WeeKuang Tai MNA, all ticket sales supported UK-based charity Operation Noah in inspiring action on climate change.
Saturday 22nd February 2020
Michelangelo Falvetti (1642 - 1693)
Song from the beginning and
end of the Renaissance
An intimate programme of music from the Late Middle Ages to the advent of opera at the turn of the 17th century, including works by Gilles Binchois, Guillaume Dufay, Jacopo Peri, Giulio Caccini and John Dowland.
Saturday 5th November 2017
Arias and duets by Monteverdi & Cavalli
Celebrating our first anniversary, we brought works by Francesco Cavalli and Claudio Monteverdi, two of the greatest composers of Italian opera of the 17th century, prepared first-hand from original manuscripts preserved in the Biblioteca Marciana, Venice, to the beautiful, intimate stage of Sands Films Studios.
Friday 4th August 2017
Opera, Masque and Madrigal
Celebrating the 450th anniversary of one of the greatest composers of all time, Musica Antica Rotherhithe performed works from across Claudio Monteverdi's lifetime, from some of his earliest madrigals to his later stageworks, culminating in a semi-staged performance of one of his often overlooked courtly entertainments: the Ballo delle Ingrate.
Saturday 20th May, 2017