The ensemble Cappella Mediterranea was founded in 2005 by Argentinian conductor Leonardo
García Alarcón. As its name indicates, the ensemble originally arose from a passion for the
music of the Mediterranean basin, and also 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 45 concerts each year, the ensemble explores madrigals, polyphonic motets,
and operas--a mixture of genres that has molded a unique performing style characterized by
an exceptionally close rapport between the conductor and the musicians. Cappella
Mediterranea's enthusiastic encounters with previously forgotten works, its original
reinterpretations of the repertory, its concerts that combine theater and dance, and its
recordings have attracted great public and critical attention.
Cappella Mediterranea has been invited to give concerts in numerous festivals and at
prestigious venues, including the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Royal Opera of Versailles,
Vienna Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
In the field of opera, Cappella Mediterranea enjoyed its first success in 2013 with a
performance of Cavalli's Elena at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. Since then,
it has received many invitations to perform at leading opera houses. In September 2016, the
group gave the first performance of a work by Cavalli at the Opéra National de Paris with
Cappella Mediterranea has made some 15 recordings, released on the Ambronay Éditions,
Naïve, and Ricercar labels. Its recording of works by Barbara
Strozzi, Virtuosissima compositrice, was nominated for a MIDEM Classical
Award, while Sogno Barocco with Anne Sofie von Otter received a Grammy
nomination in 2013. Monteverdi: I 7 Peccati Capitali has been nominated for a 2017
Victoire de la Musique.
Leonardo García Alarcón
After studying the piano in Argentina, Leonardo García Alarcón moved to Europe in 1997 for
advanced studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in the harpsichord class of
Christiane Jaccottet. He was a member of Ensemble Elyma, and became Gabriel Garrido's
assistant before founding his own ensemble, Cappella Mediterranea, in 2005. From 2010 to
2013, he was in residence at the Centre Culturel de Rencontre d'Ambronay, where he is now
an associate artist.
In 2010, he was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the Choeur de
Chambre de Namur. In 2015, he founded the Millenium Orchestra. He is also a professor of
harpsichord conducting and Baroque vocal interpretation at the Conservatoire de Musique de
His discography--with Cappella Mediterranea, the Namur Chamber Choir, and Millenium
Orchestra--has received widespread critical acclaim.
As a conductor and harpsichordist, he is invited to perform at festivals and concert halls
the world over, including the opera houses of Montpellier, Lyon, Nantes, Rennes, and Lille;
Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Théâtre des
Champs-Élysées in Paris; Wigmore Hall in London; and Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He has
conducted the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and Freiburger
Barockorchester, among others.
Since its first modern performance under his direction in 2011, Falvetti's Il diluvio
universale has been heard all over Europe, with concerts scheduled in 2016 and 2017 at
the Vienna Konzerthaus and venues in Versailles and Geneva.
Following the success of Cavalli's Elena at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in
2013, Leonardo García Alarcón also has been invited to appear at international opera
houses, including the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, Opéra national de Paris, and Dutch
National Opera and Ballet in Amsterdam.
In 2017, he will conduct three of Cavalli's operas: Giasone in Geneva,
Erismena in Aix-en-Provence, and Eliogabalo in Amsterdam. He also will
lead Monteverdi's Orfeo in Europe this spring, before taking it on tour to South
America next fall.