Members of the RIAS Kammerchor
Sheridan Ensemble
Robert Hollingworth

Cembalo & Musical Direction


Claudio Monteverdi


from Musiche de alcuni eccellentissimi Musici composte per la Maddalena

Orazio Vecchi

Three Scenes with spoken introductions from L'Amfiparnaso

Claudio Monteverdi



Claudio Monteverdi

Lamento d'Arianna

from L'Arianna

John Blow

Choirs from Venus and Adonis

Henry Purcell

If love's a sweet passion

from The Fairy Queen Z 629

Henry Purcell

The Sparrow and the Gentle Dove

from From Hardy Climes and Dangerous Toils of War Z 325

Approximate running time: 1h 45m with one intermission

In a program of opera and concert, this season’s Barocktage festival at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden is focused on two direct contemporaries: Alessandro Scarlatti and Henry Purcell both had a decisive influence on the music of the 17th century. Once again the Pierre Boulez Saal hosts several concerts in cooperation with the Staatsoper.

The RIAS Kammerchor explores the origins and precursors of opera in Italy and England. The program features scenes from the madrigal comedy L'Amfiparnaso by Orazio Vecchi and from Monteverdi's operas, among them the famous Lamento d'Arianna, juxtaposed with excerpts from Masques and Semi-operas by Henry Purcell and John Blow.

Ticket sales through Staatsoper Unter den Linden; A limited number of tickets is available through the Pierre Boulez Saal.

Barocktage 2019 – A production of Staatsoper Unter den Linden in cooperation with the Pierre Boulez Saal.