We gladly announce that harpsichordist Francesco Corti will be our new principal guest conductor. Our first project is the album with soprano Emöke Barath to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Barbara Strozzi. 

Francesco Corti (Arezzo, 1984) studied organ and harpsichord in Perugia, Geneva and Amsterdam. Prized at the Bach-Wettbewerb Leipzig (2006) and at the Bruges Harpsichord Competition (2007). Member of Les Musiciens du Louvre, Ensemble Zefiro, Bach Collegium Japan, Harmonie Universelle, Concert des Nations, Les Tamens Lyriques. Conducts regularly Les Musiciens du Louvre, is invited as guest conductor by Pomo d’Oro, Holland Baroque Society and De Nederlandse Bach Vereniging.

Francesco Corti performs as soloist all over Europe, USA, Latin America, Far East, and is invited to play in halls like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Bozar in Bruxelles, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zürich . Solo recordings include L. Couperin, Bach’s Partitas, Mozart’s Piano Quartets and K. 488 concerto, Haydn Sonatas. Masterclasses all over the world. Since September 2016, professor of harpsichord and thorough bass at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Prologue: New Album with Francesca Aspromonte and Enrico Onofri


Prologue is a highly original album consisting of several prologues from early-baroque operas by Monteverdi, Caccini, Cavalli, Landi, Rossi, Cesti, Stradella and Scarlatti. Strung together, they form a representation in a single act, a theatre full of small, complete dramas: the opera before the opera.

Francesca Aspromonte is quickly establishing herself as a shining star in the Baroque firmament. She has curated this album together with musical director Enrico Onofri, who leads il pomo d’oro. This album was recorded at the Teatro delle Voci, Treviso, 19-22 December 2016, and it is released on PENTATONE.

Prologue - aspromonte, onofri, il pomo d'oro, pentatone 2018

The earliest operas contained prologues instead of ouvertures. In them, allegorical or mythological figures prepared the audience for the force and the passion of the events to come. First, the prologues were mostly very short, but they quickly became more important, longer, and almost small operas in themselves.



Prologue - aspromonte, onofri, il pomo d'oro, pentatone 2018

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Concept and repertoire selection: Francesca Aspromonte and Enrico Onofri

Francesca Aspromonte, soprano
il pomo d’oro
Enrico Onofri, musical director


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