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15 May 2013

Happy birthday, Monteverdi!

On Monteverdi's birthday, AAM violinist Bojan Čičić shares his love for the composer:

“When I encountered Catherine Mackintosh at a summer school in Croatia, I was galvanized by the contrast between baroque playing and the predominantly Russian style I had grown up with. There is an irresistible sense of play about baroque music-making, which I experience now in my work with Richard Egarr and AAM. There is no dissembling in Monteverdi — you don’t have to peel back layers of silk brocade to get to the raw emotion underneath. It’s as refreshing as skinny-dipping in the Adriatic.”

In September 2013, we begin our 40th anniversary season with a performance at the Barbican in London of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, a stunning and colourful drama which is widely considered to be the first great opera. Tickets are already selling fast — do join us if you can! Find out more and book here.