Love & War

Ludovico's Band

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ludovico's Band


Concert Cancelled: Ludovico’s Band

Previously postponed, we regret to advise that Ludovico’s Band’s concert on Tuesday 10 August has now been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff and artists during these difficult circumstances and we thank you, our music-loving community for your support and understanding during this time.

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Event details

Acclaimed for its performances of music from the 16th to 18th centuries, Ludovico’s Band creates a unique soundworld with a lush plucked continuo, bowed bass and exceptional soloists.

Now in its 20th year, the band weaves together improvisation and treasured compositions to create engaging and ever evolving performances of early music for a contemporary audience.

About the concert

Monteverdi’s mini opera il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda is both a vivid depiction of combat and a tragic love story. With its heart wrenching harmonies and masterful representation of swords clashing and horses galloping, the work has been a favourite of Ludovico’s Band since the ensemble’s formation in 2002.

Following its critically acclaimed performance at the Adelaide Festival last year, Ludovico’s Band is delighted to bring it back to Melbourne for its first performance of the year, together with extraordinary vocal soloists Robert Macfarlane (tenor), Chloe Harris (soprano) and Nicholas Dinopoulos (bass). The Monteverdi is paired with beautiful instrumental music by female composers Isabella Leonarda and Hildegard von Bingen.

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Robert Macfarlane tenor
Chloe Harris mezzo Soprano
Nicholas Dinopoulos bass

Ludovico’s Band
Marshall McGuire director/triple harp
Ben Opie oboe
Samantha Cohen theorbo/guitar
Ruth Wilkinson violone/viola da gamba
Lucinda Moon violin
Cameron Jamieson violin
Katie Yap viola
Peter de Jager harpsichord


Hildegard von Bingen
O viridissima virga

Isabella Leonarda
Sonata quinta
Sonata duodecima

Claudio Monteverdi
Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, SV 153


This production is part of the following series:

Southbank Series 2021

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