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Cappella Mediterranea (Instrumental Ensemble)

Founded: 2005 - Geneva, Switzerland

The ensemble Cappella Mediterranea was founded in 2005 by the Argentinian conductor Leonardo García-Alarcón. As its name indicates, the ensemble originally arose from a passi on for the music of the Mediterranean basin, and aimed to propose a different approach to Baroque music of the Latin tradition.

Twelve years later, the repertory of Cappella Mediterranea has grown more diversified. With more than forty-five concerts each year, the ensemble explores the madrigal, the polyphonic motet and opera, a mixture of genres that has moulded a unique style characterised by an exceptionally close rapport between the conductor and his musicians. The enthusiastic encounters of Cappella Mediterranea with a number of previously forgotten works, its original reinterpretations of the repertoire, its concerts combining theatre and dance, and its recordings have all attracted great public and critical attention.

Cappella Mediterranea is invited to give concerts in numerous prestigious festivals and venues, including the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Château de Versailles, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, to name only a few. In the field of opera, Cappella Mediterranea enjoyed its first success in 2013 with Cavalli ’s Elena at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Since then it has received many invitations to leading opera houses, and in September 2016 the group introduced Cavalli to the repertoire of the Opéra National de Paris with Eliogabalo.

Cappella Mediterranea has made some 15 recordings, released on Ambronay Éditions, Naïve and Ricercar. All of them have won distinctions in the press. "Strozzi virtuosissima compositrice" was nominated for a Midem Classical Award, while "Sogno barocco" with Anne Sofie von Otter received a nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. I 7 Peccati Capitali is nominated in the «best recording category» for Les Victoires de la Musique 2017.

Mandatory information : The ensemble Cappella Mediterranea receives support from the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication- DRAC Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the city of Geneva, and a private foundation in Geneva.

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Source: Cappella Mediterranea Website; Photos 01-06: Grand ensemble; Photo 11: Moyen ensemble; Photo 21: Petit ensemble
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Leonardo García-Alarcón


Video (2016): G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

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Cappella Mediterranea (OfficialWebsite) [French/English/Spanish]


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