By David Salazar
Wigmore Hall is set to present countertenor Raffaele Pe and baroque ensemble “La Lira di Orfeo” on May 20, 2022.
The performance will include music by Monteverdi, Giovanni Paolo Cima, and Dario Castello.
In an official press statement, Pe noted that this program was “a way to evoke Monteverdi’s introverted yet generous and cheerful spirit letting his immortal melodies to speak for themselves. From the ‘Vespers’ to ‘[L’Incoronazione di] Poppea,’ thourgh monodic madrigals and motets, this program unveils all the depth and modernity of his music.”
Pe founded “La Lira di Orfeo” in 2015 with the goal of bringing together musicians of ancient instruments together to showcase rarely performed or forgotten works. The ensemble recently presented this very program at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. The ensemble is set to perform at the Monteverdi Festival Cremona in June alongside Pe and soprano Danielle De Niese.
Pe is also scheduled to perform in “Tamerlano” at The Grange Festival this May.