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Alessandro Quarta 
Main: Seventeenth-century Italian vocal concertante music
Afternoon: Workshop on Roman music of the 17th century

Pre-selection required

Teatro Armonico

The course, at a medium-advanced level, is a practical workshop on Italian vocal concertante music of the 17th century.

The authors studied will be Carissimi, Mazzocchi, Graziani and Melani.

The course is open to: sopranos, altos, tenors and basses (from which the soloists for the final concert will be selected)

Two keyboard continuists (harpsichord and/or organ)

2 violins

2 violas 

All basso continuo, melodic or harmonic instruments.


The course is subject to audition.


Director and founder of the vocal and instrumental group Concerto Romano, an ensemble dedicated to the Roman (and more generally Italian) repertoire of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. He performs mainly in Italy, Austria, Germany, BeNeLux, Switzerland, the United States and Mexico (Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Società del Quartetto, Sagra Musicale Umbra, Resonanzen - Wiener Konzerthaus, Philarmonie Koeln, TAM - Herne WDR, Funkhaus Koeln, Alte Musik Festtage Basel, Vesperalia Lugano, Boston Early Music Festival, Festival Cervantino), obtaining excellent reviews from the press, the Prix Caecilia 2015 for the CD "Sacred music for the poor" and the Diapason d'or in 2016 for the CD "La sete di Christo" by Bernardo Pasquini.  Guest conductor at Teatro di Roma, Theater Kiel, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Oper Koeln, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. Among his musical collaborations (guest conductor - preparatore - continuist): Boston Early Music Festival ensemble, Consortium Carissimi of Minneapolis, Progetto Syntagma, Darmstaedter Barocksolisten, Ecclesia Nova of Verona, Blue Heron ensemble of Boston, Ensemble Voces Suaves of Basel, National Baroque Orchestra of the Italian Conservatories. As trainer: Ensemble Vocal du Luxembourg, Arnold Schoenberg Chor in Vienna. Since 2019 he has been teaching ensemble music at the early music department of the Conservatorio E. F. Dall'Abaco in Verona, and has collaborated with HfK Bremen and HMT Koeln. Since 2007 he has been teaching at the international early music courses in Urbino of FIMA (Fondazione Italiana per la Musica Antica), and since 2018 artistic director of the international Urbino Musica Antica Festival. Since 2022 he has been president of the Fondazione Italiana per la Musica Antica.

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