New Recording: 17th Century Opera Prologues


Francesca Aspromonte, soprano
Enrico Onofri, conductor
il pomo d’oro

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. The composer often used them as a stage to reflect his own art.No finer example exists than the prologue to Claudio Monteverdi’s l’Orfeo, where Music itself sings and leads the audience into the ensuing drama.

This program presents the most beautiful opera prologues of the 17th century opera, chosen by conductor Enrico Onofri and soprano Francesca Aspromonte. The album program includes works from Monteverdi, Cavalli, Cesti, Stradella or Scarlatti.

Il pomo d’oro becomes ambassador of El Sistema Greece


“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”

The orchestra il pomo d’oro has decided to join and become ambassador of a humanitarian project of great importance – EL SISTEMA GREECE.

Based on the idea of EL SISTEMA VENEZUELA, an overwhelmingly successful campaign created in 1975 and today offering free musical education and the social experience of making music to more than 750.000 children in Venezuela, EL SISTEMA GREECE launched in an attempt to face the challenges of the refugee crisis.

The vision is to fight the loss of home and identity by offering musical education and encourage own musical activity, to bring concerts, to empower cultural diversity by exchanging musical traditions and to help integration by combining musical and language education.

A strong collaboration with Greek musical and pedagogical institutions is already initiated.

We believe that il pomo d’oro, a group of musicians with many different nationalities, would be a perfect ambassador of the el sistema idea, and we see it as heartfelt responsibility to help with what we know best: music. We are going to contribute to EL SISTEMA GREECE as a group (concerts, workshops) and with individual activities (instrumental lessons, workshops) of our musicians. Everything will be documented on our website and on social media. More information about the specific activities and about how you can help, will be communicated soon.

Il pomo d’oro becomes ambassador of el sistema greece


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