The early Baroque operas were known for their high dramatic charge, intriguing plots, and creative musical ideas. As is often the case, the beginnings of the new genre were bold and exciting, and yet much of that early opera heyday is lost on modern audiences. The concert and aperitivo event Baroque Brilliance at the Secret Apartment of the opulent Palazzo Doria Pamphilj goes out to change that musical injustice. Over the course of an evening, audiences can enjoy a complete immersion in the days of old. A guided tour through the Princess’ private quarters, a classy reception with champagne and excerpts from early Baroque operas performed by a soprano under the accompaniment of authentic instruments from the period awaits you at the heart of Rome.
Baroque Brilliance is an apt title for the unique tour and performance that await you. After the doors open, you can enjoy a special visit to the palazzo’s secret apartment, preserved in its original form. Your guide is Princess Mary herself, played by a charming actress. From the perfectly kept furniture to the elegant sculptures and vivid paintings, the tour of the royal quarters sets the mood for the rest of the evening. In the exclusive company of only a few other visitors, you can start enjoying the aperitif as the musicians take to the stage. A graceful and talented soprano backed up by Baroque guitar and theorbo goes through early classics, some of which have not been performed for centuries. In the minimalist arrangement, their beauty and invention are even more impressive.
The evening’s programme features early composers of Italian Baroque such as Girolamo Frescobaldi, Giacomo Carissimi, Claudio Monteverdi, and Ferdinando Valdambrini as well as other European composers, like the Flemish master of the lute François Le Cocq or the English melancholy specialist John Dowland. In the exquisite atmosphere of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome, the different styles flow together to make one standout evening.