Utrecht Early Music Festival

23 Aug 2019 - 01 Sep 2019

Utrecht, Netherlands

Last updated: 20 Aug 2019



Naples, lying in the shadow of Vesuvius and with enchanting Capri close by, has for centuries been a popular hub of pleasure and entertainment. The city has a rich and largely untapped musical heritage. It was a kingdom and for a long time one of the greatest cities in Europe. It became an important centre for vocal music, with operas, serenades and musical festivities on the water. With their flair for melody, composers such as Pergolesi, Leo and Vinci paved the way for the style galant and the Classical era. From Naples, whose conservatories’ compositional exercises (partimento) gained them prominence, singers and composers spread throughout Europe.

This Festival theme gives us the opportunity of presenting this repertoire and at the same time investigating the vocal techniques which form the basis of the European cantabile style. But we are also going far further back in time and focusing our attention on music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Early Baroque. Theatre and commedia dell’arte will also feature in the programme.

Artist in residence will be the flamboyant Marco Mencoboni, who with his ensemble Cantar Lontano does pioneering work in the field of spatial effects in Baroque music. Writer, director and dramaturgist Thomas Hoeft will be co-curator of this Festival. We are also collaborating with researchers from the Centro di Musica Antica Pietà de’ Turchini in Naples.


Established in 1982, the 10-day Utrecht Early Music Festival has been the flagship production of the Organisatie Oude Muziek, with over 250 concerts and related activities in the centre of the city, both at TivoliVredenburg and other interesting venues. Every year, a special series of over 60 free fringe concerts, as well as various workshops and masterclasses, open up this festival to young talent from all over the world. The goal of the festival is to keep the adventure of early music alive.

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Practical info

Classical Music , Early Music
City center
Average attendence per day
Above 10.000 attendees
Art disciplines
Music , Opera
Support for disabled people