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La lyra d'Orfeo
Friday, October 6, 2017 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Christina Pluhar by Marco Borggreve
Luigi Rossi was one of the shining lights of 17th-century Italian vocal music. A master of the canzonetta (a type of popular song) and cantata, Rossi also composed operas—L’Orfeo was one of his most successful—for both the Papal family and the French court. Extremely versatile, Rossi juxtaposed styles within a single work, often shifting from intense recitative to mellifluous song, while also venturing into daring harmonic regions. L’Arpeggiata—the “superb early music ensemble with a quirky sensibility” (The New York Times)—performs this supremely inventive composer’s vocal music.

Part of: Baroque Unlimited


Christina Pluhar, Theorbo and Artistic Director
Céline Scheen, Soprano
Giuseppina Bridelli, Mezzo-Soprano


ROSSI Sinfonia from Il palazzo incantato
ROSSI "Vaghi rivi" from Il palazzo incantato
ROSSI "Begl'occhi, che dite"
ROSSI "Dove mi spingi, Amor?" from Il palazzo incantato
ROSSI "Gelosia ch'a poco a poco"
CAZZATI Ciaccona from Trattenimento per camera d’arie, correnti, e balletti
ROSSI "Mio ben" from Orfeo
ROSSI "Al imperio d’amore" from Orfeo
ROSSI "Questo picciolo rio"
L. ALLEGRI Canario from Il primo libro delle musiche
ROSSI "Dormite, begl’occhi" from Orfeo
ROSSI "Sol per breve momento" from Il palazzo incantato
ROSSI "Se dolente e flebil cetra"
ROSSI "La bella più bella"
ROSSI Ballo from Il palazzo incantato
ROSSI "Al soave spirar d'aure serene"
ROSSI "Lasciate Averno" from Orfeo

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 100 minutes with no intermission.

Pre-Concert Talk

Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM in Zankel Hall with Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director of L'Arpeggiata, in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

At a Glance

The composer of some 300 richly expressive chamber cantatas and lightweight canzonettas, Luigi Rossi left his mark on the world of opera with a pair of ambitious musical dramas. Both date from the 1640s, when the newish art form of opera was just beginning its migration from the aristocratic salon to the public theater. Il palazzo incantato, based on Ariosto’s popular epic Orlando furioso, was commissioned by an opera-loving member of the papal family in Rome. Orfeo, an elaborately plotted retelling of the mythical romance of Orpheus and Eurydice, was written in Paris at the behest of Cardinal Mazarin, the powerful chief minister of the underaged Louis XIV.

L’Arpeggiata’s program intersperses excerpts from Rossi’s two operas with a sampling of his exquisitely crafted vocal chamber music and short instrumental pieces by three other Italian composers active in the mid–17th century. Although somewhat overlooked today, Rossi was both lionized and imitated by his contemporaries. After his death in 1653, the Bolognese composer Giacomo Antonio Perti placed him alongside Antonio Cesti and Giacomo Carissimi as one of the “three greatest lights of our profession.”


Founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Christina Pluhar, L’Arpeggiata is composed of some of today’s finest soloists who work in collaboration with the most exceptional singers from the Baroque music world. L’Arpeggiata’s performances are based on instrumental improvisation and singing that focuses on vocal interpretation influenced by traditional music.

Since its founding, L’Arpeggiata has received incredible responses from audiences and outstanding critical acclaim. Its albums—including La Villanella; Homo fugit velut umbra; La Tarantella; Teatro d’Amore; All’ Improvviso; Rappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo; Los Impossibles; Via Crucis; and
Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine—have earned a string of accolades, among them ECHO Klassik and Edison Classical Music awards. Los Pájaros Perdidos (2012) is devoted to traditional and Baroque music from Latin America, and Mediterraneo (2013) features fado singer Mísia. The ensemble released L’amore innamorato, an album dedicated to the most beautiful opera arias for soprano by Francesco Cavalli, and most recently Orfeo Chamán, a selection of music composed and arranged by Ms. Pluhar.

L’Arpeggiata has participated in many festivals around the world, including the London Festival of Baroque Music, Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Festival Baroque de Pontoise, Printemps des arts in Nantes, Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay, Festival International de Musiques Sacrées in Fribourg, Festival de l’Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache, Festival de Sablé, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, and Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Céline Scheen

Céline Scheen completed her training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Vera Rózsa. She has since performed in the greatest festivals and concert halls around the world.

On the opera stage, her roles have included Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Atilia in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo, Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Amour and Clarine in Rameau’s Platée, and La musica and Euridice in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. She was also Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis in a new production by the Théâtre de Caen that toured to the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Angers Nantes Opéra, Opéra de Lille, Opéra Comique (Paris), and Maison de la Culture de Grenoble.

In concert, Ms. Scheen has performed works by Bach, Graupner, Monteverdi, Rameau, and Zelenka with Ensemble Pygmalion, and the combined forces of La Cetra Barockorchester Basel and RIAS Kammerchor, among many others.

She has recorded music for the film Le roi danse with Musica Antiqua Köln and Reinhard Goebel, in addition to working with Paolo Pandolfo on a CD on improvisations. Other releases that feature Ms. Scheen include Bach’s Orgelbüchlein with Ensemble Mare Nostrum, Virtuosissima compositrice (featuring works by Barbara Strozzi) with Cappella Mediterranea and Leonardo García Alarcón, Amarante with Philippe Pierlot and Eduardo Egüez, Lully’s Bellérophon with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, and Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine with the Ricercar Consort and Philippe Pierlot.

Ms. Scheen has performed in new productions of the St. Mathew Passion in Copenhagen with the Danish Radio Orchestra under the direction of Andrea Marcon, and in Dresden and Prague with Collegium 1704 under Václav Luks. During the 2015–2016 season, she appeared with frequent partners Le Banquet Céleste and Damien Guillon in Europe.

Giuseppina Bridelli

Born in Italy, Giuseppina Bridelli started singing at a very young age at the Conservatorio di Musica G. Nicolini in Piacenza, where she was taught by Maria Laura Groppi. In 2007, she won the Aslico competition for young vocalists and made her debut at 21 as Despina in Così fan tutte with conductor Diego Fasolis. Since 2008, she has studied at the Scuola dell’Opera del Teatro Comunale in Bologna.

Ms. Bridelli was a finalist in several international singing competitions, including the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, Neue Stimmen, and Innsbruck Festival of Early Music’s Cesti Competition. In 2012, she won the top prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Barocco Francesco Provenzale in Naples and the second prize at the Concours International de Chant Baroque in France. In May 2013, she won second prizes at the International Vocal Competition Stanisław Moniuszko in Varsavia and the International Voice Competition Renata Tebaldi Competition in San Marino.

Highly appreciated for her early-music performances, Ms. Bridelli collaborates with such Baroque ensembles as Accademia Bizantina, La Venexiana, Cappella Mediterranea, Auser Musici, Ensemble Pygmalion, Stile Galante, and Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu.

She has also performed at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Scarlatti’s Messa di Santa Cecilia, and as Amore and Poesia in Cavalli and Stradella’s Il Novello Giasone; at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music as Ottavia and Virtù in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea; at the Alessandro Scarlatti Association in Naples as Clori in Gli equivoci nel sembiante; and at the Oper Bremen as Flora in Vivaldi’s L’incoronazione di Dario with Accademia Bizantina under the direction of Ottavio Dantone.

In 2016, Ms. Bridelli performed the role of Aristeo in Rossi’s Orfeo with Ensemble Pygmalion and conductor Raphaël Pichon, in addition to Minerva and El Tiempo in Durón’s La guerra de los gigantes with Cappella Mediterranea at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid.

Christina Pluhar

Christina Pluhar, founder and artistic director of the L’Arpeggiata, discovered her deep affinity with Renaissance and Baroque music after studying classical guitar at the University of Graz in Austria.

She devoted herself to the studies of the lute, theorbo, baroque guitar, and baroque harp at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (Netherlands) with Toyohiko Satoh, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) with Hopkinson Smith, and Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano (Italy) with Mara Galassi, followed by master classes with Paul O’Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King, and Jesper Christensen.

In 1992, Ms. Pluhar moved to Paris, where she performed both as a soloist and a continuo player with Ensemble La Fenice (Jean Tubéry), Hespèrion XXI (Jordi Savall), Il Giardino Armonico, Concerto Soave (María Cristina Kiehr), Accordone (Marco Beasley), Ensemble Elyma (Gabriel Garrido), Les Musiciens du Louvre (Marc Minkowski), Ricercar Consort (Philippe Pierlot), La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy (Jean-Claude Malgoire), and Cantus Cölln (Konrad Junghänel), among others. As a continuo player, she has performed with orchestras under the direction of René Jacobs, Alessandro De Marchi, and Gabriel Garrido. From 2001 to 2005, she was assistant conductor to Ivor Bolton at the Munich Opera House. As a guest conductor, she was invited to conduct the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (Sydney), European Union Baroque Orchestra, and Orchestra Divino Sospiro (Portugal).

Since 1993, Ms. Pluhar has conducted master classes at the University of Graz; since 1999, she has served as professor of Baroque harp at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.

In 2000, Ms. Pluhar founded L’Arpeggiata. Selecting some of the finest artists in Europe as members, L’Arpeggiata achieved success virtually overnight with its first CD, La Villanella (a collection of Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger vocal works). In 2012, L’Arpeggiata—under Ms. Pluhar’s direction—became the first baroque ensemble to be named a Perspectives artist at Carnegie Hall.

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