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  • 14.06.2024 Fri
  • 16.06.2024 Sun

Diego Fasolis conducts Vivaldi

Diego Fasolis conducts Vivaldi

In a varied musical programme featuring several works by Antonio Vivaldi, the widely respected interpreter of historical music, Diego Fasolis, will conduct Venice's La Fenice Orchestra at the city's Malibran Theatre. This series of two concerts will include only works by Vivaldi, the virtuoso composer and violinist who is still noted as one of the leading Baroque musicians of his day. Given Fasolis’ specialism in baroque music and a programme that will feature works by Vivaldi being performed in his home city, these concerts look set to provide some thought-provoking musical entertainment.

Vivaldi was born in the then Republic of Venice in 1678. Although his father had originally worked as a barber, Vivaldi was taught how to play the violin by his dad who, by the time of Vivaldi's, youth, had forged a career as a professional musician. Vivaldi was noted for his technical skill on the violin as a young man, something that many musical historians agree led to him landing a teaching job at a Venetian orphanage named Ospedale della Pietà. It was during his time at the orphanage that Vivaldi also began to make a name for himself as a composer. By 1705, his first collection of musical works had been published. A few years later, Vivaldi was writing and producing operatic productions in and around Venice but from about 1718 he got a prestigious new job as the Maestro di Cappella of the court of Prince of Mantua. Soon afterwards, Vivaldi wrote one of his most notable works, Four Seasons, as well as a number of other well-received pieces.

Born in 1958, Diego Fasolis is a renowned classical organist as well as a conductor. As a musician, he is noted for his interpretations of baroque music, especially that of Johann Sebastian Bach, but is also associated with performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, César Franck and Franz Liszt, among others. In 1993, Fasolis was named as the Chief Conductor of the Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles of Swiss Radio and Television. He has recorded music for many notable classical music labels including EMI-Virgin, Warner Classics, Naive and Universal Music.

Given Fasolis' reputation for baroque music, a wonderful setting in the heart of Venice and a musical programme that is dedicated to one of Venice's greatest composers, these concerts are likely to generate much excitement among music lovers.

image Teatro Malibran / Fondazione Teatro La Fenice, Michele Crosera