Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 – Not for the Faint of Heart

written by Douglas Shambo II, bass The music of Claudio Monteverdi can strike fear in the heart of the most technically capable singer; it can also create similar feelings of shock and awe for the typical modern listener. It is not that Monteverdi makes vocal demands that differ sharply from those of other composers of his day – historical evidence …