The Spiritual Forest by Monteverdi

The Spiritual Forest

Presented by Pinchgut Opera


Pinchgut Opera presents a concert featuring some of the most sublime sacred music ever written.

About the concert

The Spiritual Forest is drawn from Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spirituale (1641), his great anthology of liturgical works composed during his career in Venice. It was to be the last collection of Monteverdi’s music published in his lifetime and represents the final flowering of his great genius. These uniquely inspired works confirmed Monteverdi as the leading composer of his generation, exemplifying his consummate compositional prowess and his ability to put into music the deepest of human emotions.

Australia’s premier Baroque chorus of professional singers, Cantillation, will be joined by a band of 14 specialist orchestral players to deliver a transcendent sonic experience.

A Note on Surtitles

The Spiritual Forest will not be surtitled. In this program there is some repetition of parts of the liturgy, and as our selections from Selva morale e spirituale were based on musical—rather than liturgical—reasons, we have chosen to provide, on this occasion, translations of the sung texts for your perusal either before or after the concert.

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Erin Helyard conductor
Cantillation chorus
The Orchestra of the Antipodes


Claudio Monteverdi
Selva morale e spirituale: Dixit Dominu
Salve Regina
Selva morale e Spirituale: Beatus vir a 6
Crediti del Quarto Tuono
Selva Morale e Sprituale: Laudate Dominum Secondo
Laudate Dominum in Sanctus euis
Confitebor tibi Domine (Primo)
Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Primo)
Selva Morale e Spirituale:Laudate Pueri Primo
Dixit Dominus
Dixit Dominus Secondo
Selva Morale e Spirituale: Dixit Dominus Prima



This production is part of the following series:

Pinchgut Opera 2022

Pinchgut Opera returns to Melbourne Recital Centre in 2022 with two stunning concerts.