Il Pomo d’Oro



Old Academy Building

Hämeenkatu 11


53 | 51 | 30 €

Baroque opera at the Old Academy Building

Francesca Aspromonte, soprano
Enrico Onofri, conductor
Il pomo d’oro

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)    Orfeo: Toccata and Prologue

Giulio Caccini (1551–1618)        L’Euridice: Prologue (La Tragedia)

Francesco Cavalli (1602–1676)        Didone: Sinfonia and Prologue

Francesco Cavalli                 Eritrea: Prologue

Luigi Rossi (1597–1653)            Il Palazzo di Atlante: Prologue (La Pittura)

Dario Castello (1590?–1658?)        XVI Sonata a quattro for strings /

Benedetto Ferrari (1597–1681)        Amanti, io vi so dire, ciaccona for voice and strings

— interval —

Francesco Cavalli              Ormindo: Sinfonia and Prologue (L’Armonia)

Antonio Cesti (1623–1669)        Il pomo d’oro: Sinfonia and Prologue (La Gloria Austriaca)

Alessandro Stradella (1639–1682)    Sinfonia in A minor for two violins and basso continuo

Antonio Cesti                 Argia: Sinfonia and Prologue (Amore

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725)    La Rosaura: Sinfonia and Prologue (Venere)


The earliest operas contained prologues instead of ouvertures. In them, allegorical or mythological figures prepared the audience for the force and the passion of the events to come. In the earliest operas, the prologues were often very short, but they quickly became small operas in themselves and for the composer a stage from which he could reflect upon his own art. No finer example exists than the prologue to Claudio Monteverdi’s l’Orfeo, where Music itself sings and leads the audience into the ensuing drama. This program presents the most beautiful opera prologues of the 17th century opera by composers such as Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Cassini and Cesti, chosen by conductor Enrico Onofri and soprano Francesca Aspromonte.

Il pomo d’oro, a baroque music ensemble from beautiful Venice, is a regular guest prestigious concert halls and theatres, such as the Théâtre Royal in Versailles, Wigmore Hall, Theater an der Wien, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and this is their second visit to the Turku Music Festival.

2 h, 1 interval
Old Academy Building
Hämeenkatu 11, Turku