Europa Galante was founded in 1990 by its musical director Fabio Biondi who wanted to form an Italian period instrument ensemble to perform both baroque and classical repertoire. The ensemble has a varying structure and often performs chamber music such as the string sonatas of Italian composers of the seventeenth century.
The ensemble's repertoire includes the operas of Handel such as Agrippina and Imeneo as well as Vivaldi including Bazajet, Ercole sul Termodonte, Oracolo in Messenia and many pre-eighteenth century instrumental works. The group is also widely known for its performances of the works of Alessandro Scarlatti such as the oratorios (Maddalena, La Santissima Trinità), serenatas (Clori, Dorino e Amore) and operas including Massimo Puppieno, Il Trionfo dell’Onore, La Principessa Fedele and Carlo Re d’Allemagna.
Europa Galante collaborates regularly with the Fondazione Santa Cecilia in Rome to rediscover and restore eighteenth-century Italian operas such as Antonio Caldara's La Passione di Gesù Cristo, L. Leo’s Sant'Elena al Calvario, or Gesu sotto il peso della Croce by F.di Mayo. In 2016 Europa Galante will perform Boccherini quintets for the Santa Cecilia concert season.
Europa Galante has performed in many of the world's major concert halls and theatres including La Scala in Milan, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York and the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble has toured throughout Australia, Japan, Europe, Canada, Israel, the USA and South America.
Conductor: Fabio Biondi
Mezzo-soprano: Vivica Genaux Martina Belli
Vivaldi Concerto for Violin in B minor RV 390
Vivaldi String Concerto in G minor RV 152
Vivaldi Violin concerto in B-flat major RV 222
Vivaldi Gloria and Imeneo