Grounded in the classics of
Renaissance and 20th-century vocal repertoire, I Fagiolini is renowned for its innovative
staged productions of vocal music from the Renaissance to the present day. Awarded the
Royal Philharmonic Society's prestigious Ensemble Prize in 2005, I Fagiolini has staged
Handel with masks, Purcell with puppets, madrigal comedies with more masks, and in 2004,
premiered The Full Monteverdi, a dramatized account of the composer's Fourth Book
of Madrigals by John La Bouchardière, which has since been turned into a highly successful
film and shown all over the world. In 2006, I Fagiolini toured with Simunye, its
1990s South African collaboration, and in 2009 launched Tallis in Wonderland, a
new way of hearing polyphony by utilizing both live and recorded vocals and lighting.
In 2011, I Fagiolini celebrated its 25th anniversary with the hugely successful release of
a world premiere recording of Striggio's Mass in 40 Parts on Decca. 1612
Italian Vespers followed in 2012, premiering multi-choir music by Viadana and a
reconstructed version of Gabrieli's Magnificat. That same year, the ensemble pursued
another unlikely collaboration with Australian contemporary circus company Circa in the
show How Like An Angel.
In April 2014, I Fagiolini made its debut in the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with
The Boat from Venice to Padua. In May 2015, I Fagiolini premieres its latest music
theater project Betrayal: A Polyphonic Crime Drama at the Barbican. This year also
sees the group perform Schütz's St. John Passion at King's College, in Aldeburgh,
and on tour in Australia for Musica Viva.
I Fagiolini has recorded 19 CDs and
three DVDs, in addition to giving live performances around the world, from the BBC Proms
and Lincoln Center Festival in New York to the Far East and Africa. The group is delighted
to serve as ensemble-in-residence at the University of York.
Robert Hollingworth specializes in Renaissance and
contemporary repertoire (notably Monteverdi), and in creating groundbreaking projects that
present music to audiences in innovative ways. In 1986, he founded I Fagiolini, with whom
he has presented signature projects that include Simunye, The Full
Monteverdi, and Tallis in Wonderland, as well as How Like An Angel
with Australian contemporary circus group Circa. He serves as music director for I
Fagiolini's next major music-theater project,
Betrayal: A Polyphonic Crime Drama
, which premieres at the Barbican in May 2015. He has also directed
Accentus, NDR Chor, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Wrocław Philharmonic Choir, Sinfonieorchester
Wuppertal, The English Concert, and the Academy of Ancient Music.
Mr. Hollingworth writes and presents for BBC Radio 3 (CD Review, The
Early Music Show, The Choir, and Discovering Music). In 2010, he
delivered the Lufthansa Lecture entitled "Monteverdi the Modern Man" and spoke at the REMA
(Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne) conference. Mr. Hollingworth has worked on
a number of films, including Quills. In 2011, his world-premiere recording of
Striggio's previously lost Mass in 40 Parts was released on Decca with an all-star
UK lineup, remaining at the top of the specialist classical chart for nearly four months
and winning the 2011 Gramophone Early Music Award and a Diapason d'or de
l'année. His latest recording, 1612 Italian Vespers, was released on Decca
Classics in June 2012 and was chosen as a Gramophone CD of the Month. He recently
arranged the music for the album Shakespeare: The Sonnets and has appeared
extensively on BBC television and radio discussing the disc.
Mr. Hollingworth is a regular guest conductor at the Dartington International Summer
School and gives master classes and residencies throughout Europe. He ran a conducting
master class and lecture for the American Choral Directors Association at its 2012
conference and has just set up a new master's degree in solo-voice ensemble music at the
University of York.