La Venexiana

La Venexiana, fouded by Claudio Cavina, is today the most important madrigal group actually in activity. In styling to the anonymous renaissance comedy from its name, La Venexiana aims to incorporate into its musical interpretation the theatrically, attention to language in all of its subtlety, and exultation of contrasts between refined and popular, sacred and profane, that characterize our culture today.

Since the beginning of 1998 La Venexiana collaborates excusively with the Spanish label Glossa. La Venexiana’s collection, nominated Il Madrigale Italiano, included madrigals book by Monteverdi, Luzzaschi, Luca Marenzio, D'India, De Wert, won International Prix as Prix Cecilia 1999, Prix Cini 2000, Prix Amadeus 2000, Gramophone Award 2001, Cannes Classical Award 2002, Grand Prix du Disque Académie Charles Cros 2003, Amadeus's CD of the year 2001, Deutschschallplattenkritik 2005 and 2006 and Choc of the Year 2006: all these proclaimed La Venexiana as the "New Orpheus of the Italian madrigal repertoire".

In 2007/8 La Venexiana performed on stage the Ballo delle Ingrate and Era la Notte (production of Paola Reggiani) at Festival Van Vlanderen, Vevey, Hamburg, Cremona Festival Monteverdi, Eilat, Madrid Teatro Real, Potsdam Sansoucci, Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

On 2008 La Venexiana concluded the recording of Monteverdi Edition, that offered as the most imporant news of the Year.

The Grand Tour with L'Orfeo by Monteverdi was a great success in London, Melk, Regensburg, Lyon, Weingarten, Jerez, Brugge, Udine, Modena, St. Gallen, Viterbo, Eilat, Sablé, Chatilly and Seattle.

This recording was Choc du Monde de la Musique, Orfeo's First Choice of BBC Classical Music and Gramophone's Editor Choice 2007 and the Gramophone Award 2008 (Baroque Opera).

The New Opera Project of LA VENEXIANA was Incoronazione di Poppea, production of 2008. It was recorded on the Glossa label. It has been seen on stage in Herne, Paris (Cité de la Musique), Regensburg, Milan, Perigueux.

In 2010, La Venexiana performed Artemisia by Francesco Cavalli (Hannover Herrenhausen and Festival Montpellier/Radio France), and in 2010, The Return of Ulysse by Monteverdi (Regensburg Tage Alte Musik, Paris Cité de la Musique and Concertgebouw Amsterdam). In 2010 started a new recording project: the Cavalli Opera Edition, recorded by Glossa Madrid. Round M’, Monteverdi meet Jazz was full of enthusiastical reviews all over the world. For 2012 wil be available the first Handel Opera: Rodrigo (1707).

New repertoires will be performed by La Venexiana: opera arias, oratorios by Scarlatti (Cain; I 5 Profeti), cantatas by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi music, and a… Handel Jazz (will be performed in Halle Handel Festipiele): all programs that explain the very special style of La Venexiana.

La Venexiana has established a new style in Italian early music performance: a warm, truly Mediterranean blend of textual declamation, rhetorical colour and harmonic refinement.

La Venexiana on

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Cité de la musique / Salle Pleyel
June 22, 2011, 6 p.m.
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