Why I Fagiolini?
‘If there’s a more enterprisingly theatrical vocal group than this one, I’ve yet to encounter it.’ The Daily Telegraph
‘First-rate musical actors… quite gorgeous…’ American Record Guide
‘I Fagiolini’s ravished and ravishing singers.’ The New York Sun
‘There is nothing ordinary about a performance by I Fagiolini. These singers have made their reputation by turning their backs on convention.’ The Guardian
- I Fagiolini specialises in Renaissance and Contemporary vocal music. The group communicates programmes in a theatrical style that captures the repertoire and portrays it to audiences in a new and unique style.
- I Fagiolini also works with instrumentalists, most recently: Barokksolistene – Bach cantatas (London); Bach Christmas Oratorio (Oslo); Monteverdi (BBC Proms), English Concert – Purcell King Arthur, RLPO – Berio Sinfonia; Feinstein Ensemble – Bach B Minor Mass (one to a part), Harmony of Nations – Purcell The Fairy Queen; Handel Acis & Galatea
- Past collaborations include Bach St John Passion with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Christmas with Bach with the Academy of Ancient Music.
- Projects have included The Full Monteverdi on stage and film (resident at Lincoln Center Festival in 2007); Purcell’s The Indian Queen with puppets; L’Amfiparnaso with masks; The Birds (with The Opera Group) and a partly improvised album, Simunye, with SDASA Chorale of Soweto.
- New music: 25 commissions including Adrian Williams, Ed Hughes, David Matthews, Ivan Moody, Gabriel Jackson, Daryl Runswick and Roderick Williams.
- Media: the ensemble is regularly on radio, Hollingworth often writing and presenting on BBC Radio 3 (Discovering Music, CD Review, The Early Music Show). The group has released 18 CDs and 2 DVDs: Vecchi’s masked comedy L’Amfiparnaso with actor Simon Callow, and The Full Monteverdi.
Forthcoming projects include:
- In 2012 I Fagiolini will be touring Striggio 40-part mass; the group’s hugely successful Gramophone-nominated world première recording of which was released on Decca in 2011.
- Tallis in Wonderland with director Henk Schut including theatrics, lighting and sound installation (venue-adaptable). This hour show deconstructs polyphony using Tallis, Byrd, Rore, Manchicourt, Palestrina and Gesualdo whilst putting the audience in the midst of the sound and a soundscape. Premiered Aldeburgh, 2008
- Angels – Co-production based on Renaissance poplyphony with Australian Circus company ‘Circa’.
- Berio Sinfonia [see film clip] Berio’s cries of london could be performed in the same concert.
- Film screenings of The Full Monteverdi
- New recording released on Decca in 2012.