Under the motto WOMEN, the 29th edition of Banchetto Musicale will present the role of the woman in the history of music of the Medieval age, Renaissance and Baroque, be it a composer, a muse, a historical or legendary figure, or an archetype.
The festival will be opened with a performance of the long-forgotten opera ANDROMEDA by Antonio Maria Bononcini, based on the Greek mythological story of the beautiful king’s daughter, who was saved from her wrongful punishment by Perseus, now in a refreshing interpretation by Greek Ensemble Ex Silentio, directed by Dimitris Kountouras.
Another highlight of this year’s festival edition will be the semi-staged performance of PIMPINONE or The Unequal Marriage by Georg Philipp Telemann, following the witty and scandalous game of flirt and war between the master Pimpinone and his maid Vespetta. This project features a team of international artists and is directed by Claudio Levati and Alina Rotaru.
With VISIONS OF HILDEGARD VON BINGEN, Ensemble Mandel from Austria and Hungary created a program which will let the audiences dive into the magnetic musical world of this iconic woman, who was not only a composer, but also a writer, a philosopher, a nun, and the founder of natural history in Germany.
With a concert dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the building of St. Casimir's chapel, featuring Brevis Choir and Consort and Schola Gregoriana Vilnensis, our audiences will have the opportunity to listen for the first time to the magnificent VESPERS by Italian composer Chiara Margarita Cozzolani.
Another significant French composer, Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, who was an outstanding musical personality during the time of King Louis XIV and King Louis XV, will be presented in LE PASSAGE DE LA MER ROUGE by Royal Baroque Ensemble from Poland.
Spanish ensemble Capella de Ministrers will perform the closing concert of our festival with LUCREZIA BORGIA, a musical program of the Italian Renaissance, inspired by the daughter of Cardinal Rodrigo de Borgia, later Pope Alexander VI, a woman whose grace inspired generations of artists throughout her time.
Our festival will offer, as usual within the last few years, also a concert for children and families, by Lithuanian ensemble specialised in Medieval music Il Campo Aperto, which will tell THE STORY OF SAINT CLARE, the devout and gracious companion of Francis of Assisi.The 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin is the secondary theme of our festival, for which two performances with gems of Polish-Lithuanian Renaissance music are prepared: FOR THE KING, a recital of internationally acclaimed German lutenist Joachim Held, and HEARKEN UNTO ME, ALL NATIONS, a concert by one of the most distinguished Polish ensembles, Cracow Singers.
The festival’s concerts will be taking place in Vilnius on September 8–26, 2019, at the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, the Museum of Applied Arts and Design, the Franciscan Monastery Church, the St. Francis of Assisi (Bernardine) Roman Catholic Church, and at the Cathedral Basilica of Vilnius.