| Concerto Vocale|
vocal and instrumental ensemble -
Founded by René Jacobs in 1977 for a series of recordings with harmonia mundi France, Concerto Vocale soon built up a reputation on the European musical scene as a major force in the rediscovery of the repertoire of Baroque chamber music for voices. Alongside René Jacobs, the ensemble secured the services of musicians of the front rank, among them William Christie, Sigiswald and Wieland Kuijken, Konrad Junghänel, and Jaap Ter Linden.
After such revelatory productions as Cesti’s L’Orontea at the Innsbruck Festival, René Jacobs enlarged the ensemble into a genuine orchestra capable of mounting Italian operas of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, some of which have met with immense success: Cavalli’s Xerse, Giasone, La Calisto and Eliogabalo, Cesti’s L’Argia, and of course the three surviving operas of Monteverdi. L’incoronazione di Poppea recently returned to the ensemble’s repertoire in a new production by David McVicar at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, which will be revived in January 2006 at the Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, and in March of the same year at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, while Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria will be seen in a new production in Berlin in January 2005.
A formidable tool for the exploration of its chosen repertoire, Concerto Vocale remains closely linked with the imaginative musical career of René Jacobs. Most of the ensemble’s recordings have obtained major international prizes, among them the International Record Critics Award, Edison Award, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, Diapason d’Or, Cecilia Award, and the Vivaldi Prize of the Cini Foundation.