50% – Under 30 years old
15% – Over 65 years old
The ensemble il pomo d'oro was founded in 2012. It is characterized by an authentic, dynamic interpretation of operas and instrumental works from the Baroque and Classical period. The musicians are all well-known specialists and are among the best in the field of historical performance practice. The ensemble so far worked with the conductors Riccardo Minasi, Maxim Emelyanychev, Stefano Montanari, George Petrou, Enrico Onofri and Francesco Corti. Concert master Zefira Valova leads the orchestra in various projects. Since 2016 Maxim Emelyanychev has been its chief conductor, and since 2019 Francesco Corti is principal guest conductor.
Il pomo d'oro is a regular guest in prestigious concert halls and festivals all over Europe. After the worldwide success of the program In War & Peace with Joyce DiDonato, in 2020/21 il pomo d’oro and Maxim Emelyanychev will present the new program My favorite things with the American Mezzosoprano.
The discography of il pomo d'oro includes several opera recordings: G. F. Händel's Agrippina, Serse, Tamerlano, Partenope and Ottone, Leonardo Vinci' s Catone in Utica, and Alessandro Stradella’s La Doriclea. It features Recitals with the countertenors Jakub Józef Orliński, Franco Fagioli, Max Emanuel Cencic, and Xavier Sabata, with mezzosopranos Ann Hallenberg and Joyce DiDonato and with sopranos Francesca Aspromonte and Emöke Barath. Among the instrumental albums the recordings of Haydn's violin and harpsichord concertos as well as a cello album with Edgar Moreau received Echo Klassik Awards in 2016. Further instrumental recordings are dedicated to the violin concertos and the harpsichord concertos by J.S. Bach, with Shunske Sato and Francesco Corti as soloists, and to virtuoso violin concertos with Dmitry Sinkonvsky.
In 2019, the albums Anima Sacra with Jakub Józef Orliński, and Voglio Cantar with soprano Emöke Barath received the prestigious Opus-Klassik award, and the recording of G.F. Händel’s Serse, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev, was awarded the important Italian ‘Abbiato del Disco’. In 2018, the recording of Alessandro Stradella’s opera La Doriclea, conducted by Andrea di Carlo, recieved the important German ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’. ‘Virtuosissimo’ with Dmitry Sinkovsky, released in 2019, received a Diapason d’Or. ‘Facce d’amore’, second album of il pomo d’oro with the Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, was released in December 2019 and is since then on tour. First releases in 2020 are Handel’s Agrippina with Joyce Didonato in the title role and Cembalo Concertos by J.S. Bach with Francesco Corti.
Il pomo d’oro is official ambassador of El Sistema Greece, a humanitarian project to provide free musical education to children in Greek refugee camps. Il pomo d’oro plays charity concerts and offers workshops and music lessons according to the El Sistema method on a frequent regular basis in various refugee camps in Greece.
The name of the ensemble il pomo d'oro refers to Antonio Cesti's opera from the year 1666. Composed to the wedding celebrations of Emperor Leopold I and Margarita Teresa of Spain, Il Pomo d'Oro was probably one of the largest, most expensive and most spectacular opera productions in the still young history of the genre. 24 different stage designs, a horse-ballet of 300 horses, a fireworks display of 73,000 rockets, numerous ‚special effects' - superlatives, which should make the Emperor's court the highlight of cultural splendor in Europe.
One of the most beloved and celebrated opera stars of this decade, Jakub Józef Orliński has established himself as one of the world’s leading artists, triumphing on stage, in concert, and on recording. His sold-out concerts and recitals throughout Europe and America have attracted new followers to the art form. An exclusive artist on the Warner Classics/Erato label, his most recent recording accompanied by friend and pianist Michał Biel entitled “Farewells” earned him the prestigious Opus Klassik award for Male Singer of the Year (2023). His new album “Beyond” will be released in October 2023 and will tour throughout the world next season with Il Pomo d’Oro.
Highlights of this season include the highly anticipated 25 dates European tour of the new album in the Fall, and an American tour during spring. Jakub Józef Orlinski will also return on the operatic stage at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Paris in a new production of L’Olimpiade by Vivaldi. He will then join his long-time musical partner, pianist Michał Biel for exclusive recitals throughout Europe.
In the 2022-2023 season, the Polish countertenor went to Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris for a sold out run of the Robert Carsen production of Orfeo ed Eurydice followed by another new production of the same opera at San Francisco Opera by Matthew Ozawa. Mr. Orlinski also joined Pomo d’Oro on a tour to sing the title role in Tolomeo Re d’Egitto on major stages throughout Europe including Teatro Real, Madrid and Paris. Outside the operatic stage, the public had the opportunity to watch the new 1-hour long documentary Music for a while about him that was released during spring on Arte and got the most views for cultural documentary on the European TV channel.
L’incoronazione di Poppea: “E pur io torno qui”
Voglio di vita uscir
Passacalio de Per ogni sorte di strumento musicale, op. 22
Le nuove musiche: “Amarilli, mia bella”
Arie musicali (Book 1): “Così mi disprezzate”
Sonata para dois Violinos, em Fá maior
Cantate, ariette e duetti, op. 2: “L’amante consolato”
Pompeo Magno: “Incomprensibil nume”
La Filli: “Misero core”… “Si, si, si scioglia si”… “Dolcissime catene”
Antonino e Pompeiano: “La certezza di tua fede”
L’Adamiro: “Quanto più la donna invecchia”
L’Adamiro: “Son vecchia, patienza”
Canzoni e concerti: “Tamburetta”
La Faretra smarrita: “Lungi dai nostri cor”
Regular presence at Gulbenkian Música, Il pomo d’oro reinforces, in each performance, the just and meteoric reputation it has built, over the last ten years, as an ensemble dedicated to historically informed interpretations. After, in 2022, having dedicated itself to celebrating the first decade of its activity, revisiting some of its core repertoire, it now deepens its relationship with the Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, one of the great voices of chant revealed in recent times, through its Beyond Project, especially dedicated to the dawn of the Italian baroque.
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