About La Serenissima
La Serenissima was formed in 1994 for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s La Sena festeggiante and has now firmly established itself as one of the leading exponents of the music of Antonio Vivaldi and his Italian contemporaries.
Since its first CD release in 2003, La Serenissima has been universally applauded by publications including Gramophone Magazine, The Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Diapason, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, The Independent, The Strad, Falstaff Magazine, La Stampa, Gaudisc, Goldberg Magazine and The Evening Standard for its performances on the Avie Label. Their eighth release – Vivaldi: The French Connection – was awarded the Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental CD in October 2010 (following nominations in 2008 and 2009 for previous releases). This album was recently included in an elite Forbes List (2013). Its follow-up – Vivaldi: The French Connection 2 – was released in 2011 and was described by critics as ‘an eye-opening, ear-flattering delight from start to finish.’ This disc was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2012. Their next recording – Venice by Night – made the Top 10 of the UK Classical Charts in 2012. Their latest disc – Vivaldi: A Tale of Two Seasons – is scheduled to be released in July 2013.
Whilst works such as The Four Seasons form an important part of La Serenissima’s repertoire, the ensemble prides itself on bringing seldom-heard works to the concert platform, including Vivaldi’s operas Ottone in villa, Giustino, Tito Manlio, La Fida Ninfa, Catone in Utica and L’Olimpiade as well as a host of instrumental rarities, many of which have been committed to disc. Works by other composers feature too such as Albinoni’s Il nascimento dell’Aurora and sacred vocal works by Caldara.
La Serenissima has appeared at many of the UK’s leading venues and festivals including the Beverley, South Bank, and York Early Music Festivals, the Bath Bach, Bath International, Buxton, Cambridge Summer, Chelsea, Cheltenham , Lichfield and Warwick Festivals and St George’s Bristol, Snape Maltings, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall. The group has also appeared in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mexico and Spain to great acclaim.
Nearly the entire repertoire of La Serenissima is edited by Director Adrian Chandler from manuscript or contemporary printed sources, a testament to its commitment and passion for rare and exciting Italian music which makes it unique amongst other baroque ensembles.
Performances in 2012 included a Wigmore Hall performance and performances of their first staged opera – L’Olimpiade – which took place in Bath, Buxton, London and Israel as well as a live radio broadcast from Madrid; highlights in 2013 included the UK premiere staging of Vivaldi’s Ottone in villa at the Buxton Festival, as well as tours of their new programme Vivaldi – A Tale of Two Seasons. Forthcoming highlights in their 20th anniversary year include concerts in Estonia, Germany and Italy as well as a tour of their new orchestral programme Vivaldi – The Red Priest.