Ludovico's Band

Monteverdi: Operatic Genius



Ludovico’s Band is one of Australia’s most dynamic Baroque bands acclaimed for its performances of music from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

The combination of multiple plucked string instruments with soaring violins and a rich bowed bass creates a unique and exotic sound world. Directed by Marshall McGuire (triple harp) and Tommie Andersson (lute, theorbo, Baroque guitar), the group features Rachael Beesley (violin), Samantha Cohen (theorbo, lute, Baroque guitar) and Ruth Wilkinson (recorders, viola da gamba). Formed in 2002 for the Melbourne Festival event, Sheer Pluck, the performers are united by the desire to form a plucked basso continuo band and regularly invite guests to feature in their performances.

Monteverdi’s name is synonymous with the genesis of what we now know as opera – the thrilling combination of text, music, drama and movement. Monteverdi was one of the first composers to write in this form, and one of the inventors of sung speech we now know as recitative. Operatic Genius presents dramatic excerpts from Poppea, L’Orfeo and Il ritorno d’Ulisse. Hear the extraordinary drama Monteverdi created with just a handful of violins, the human voice and basso continuo in a concert featuring guests from the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School Choir.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ludivoco’s Band


Ludovico’s Band
Anna Webb viola
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School Choir


Claudio Monteverdi
L’incoronazione di Poppea: Overture
Disprezzata regina
Or che Seneca e morto
Pur ti miro
Addio Roma
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria: Excerpts
L’Orfeo, Act I: Favola in musica


This production is part of the following series:

Ludovico's Band

Ludovico’s Band creates a unique sound world that explores cutting edge music of the Baroque period.

Southbank Series 2017

Melbourne Recital Centre’s Southbank Series brings talented artists from across Australia to Melbourne for audiences to enjoy in the best place to hear.