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EUROPA GALANTE has performed in many of the world’s major concert halls and theaters, including La Scala in Milan, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, and the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble has toured throughout Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, USA, and South America.
Europa Galante’s repertoire includes the works of Handel (Agrippina) and Vivaldi (Bazajet), and many instrumental works. They have shown a great interest in the works of Antonio Scarlatti, such as the oratorios (Maddalena, La Santissima Trinità), serenatas (Clori, Dorino, e Amore), and operas such as Massimo Puppieno, Il trionfo dell’onore, La principessa fedele, and Carlo Re d’Allemagna.
Europa Galante often collaborates with the Fondazione Santa Cecilia in Rome to rediscover and restore 18th-century Italian operas and oratorios, such as Antonio Caldara’s La Passione di Gesù Cristo, Leonardo Leo’s Sant’ Elena al Calvario, and Gian Francesco de Majo’s Gesù sotto il peso della croce. The ensemble has a varying size and often performs chamber music such as the string sonatas of Italian composers of the 17th century.
In 1998, after years of collaboration with the French record company Opus 111, Europa Galante signed a contract with Virgin Classics to record Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and two volumes of Luigi Boccherini’s string quintets as well as arias from cantatas by J.S. Bach with Ian Bostridge. The ensemble has been nominated three times for Grammys – most recently for their collaboration with mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux in an album of Vivaldi arias entitled Pyrotechnics. This recording also won the Echo Classics award. Previously, they were nominated for Grammys in 2004 for the CD of Vivaldi's Concerti con molti strumenti and in 2006 for their recording of Vivaldi’s Bajazet. Their next recording projects include a Vivaldi compilation La Stravaganza, and Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte with an amazing cast (Genaux, Di Donato, Damrau, Lehtipuu, and Basso).
This past season, Europa Galante had a long tour in Sweden and performed in Europe extensively (Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and Poland) with repertoire including Bach’s orchestral suites. Their season also included many concerts with Ian Bostridge at Grand Théâtre d’Amiens, Théâtre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Grand Auditorium of Luxembourg, the Bruges Concertgebouw, and the Barbican Centre in London. Opera programs included Ariosti’s La Fede nei Tradimenti, which toured to festivals in Vienna, Siena, and Montpellier, and Handel’s Agrippina at the Halle Festival.
For this season, Europa Galante will tour in Europe, Asia, and in the U.S. - presenting a program with Vivica Genaux (and instrumental programs including La Foresta Incantata of Francesco Geminiani). Europa Galante is the resident orchestra at Fondazione Teatro Due in Parma.