Consortium Carissimi: Season VIII

Project I – Pasquini Opera Selections

aricciastatomediovaThis season’s first production consists of selections of the opera and an informal discussion about the characters and the story that ties them all together. We hope to introduce our audience to the Opera and perform it fully staged in the following season.  Read More….

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  • Friday, October 17 – 7:30pm
  • Sunday, October 19 – 2:00pm 

St. Clement’s Episcopal Church * 901 Portland Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104


Project II – Vespro della Beata Vergine – 1610 


Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers of 1610 was his first sacred work after his first publication twenty-eight years prior, and stands out for its assimilation of both old and new styles, although it cannot be specifically classified as prima pratica or seconda pratica, per se.  The Vespers is monumental in scale, and requires vocal forces skillful enough to cover up to 10 vocal parts in some movements and split into separate choirs in others.

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Repertory: Marian Vespers of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

  • Friday, January 2 – 7:30pm
  • Sunday, January 4 – 2:00pm SOLD OUT

The Chapel of Saint Mary at The Saint Paul Seminary * 2260 Summit Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105


Project III – Usquequo peccatores

Consortium Carissimi has performed over these past seven seasons many of Carissimi’s larger scale motets. The metamorphosis of the motet into the oratory is particular to this period of composition, rendering the distinction between the two difficult. This project brings back eight motets of Giacomo Carissimi. These motets, scored for violins, mixed voices and figured bass instruments will be recorded for the Naxos label in July of 2015, our third CD with this phenomenal stateside ensemble.

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Repertory: Eight Motets of Carissimi

  • Friday, April 24 – 7:30pm  
  • Sunday, April 26 – 2:00pm 

Our Lady of Lourdes * One Lourdes Place, Minneapolis, MN 55414