Albalonga is the practical expression of the Institute for the study of Latin-American music in the colonial period (IMLA) and, founded in 1979, is the first such institute in Europe dedicated wholly to the diffusion of the musical heritage of the Americas during the Iberian domination.
Albalonga has produced several first modern-day performances of works by Latin-American composers as well as the recently discovered works of Giacomo Facco from Padua and of the Venetian Tommaso Albinoni. From the beginning Anibal E. Cetrangolo has directed the ensemble's musicological and concert activity together with its parallel recording activity of the colonial American heritage that had already begun in Buenos Aires in 1977 with the Cantoria del Buen Ayre.
Anibal E. Cetrangolo
Musicologist and musician, he has conducted almost all the operas of the early 17th century including Peri's Euridice, Marco da Gagliano's Dafne, La Rappresentazione di Anima e Corpo by Emilio de'Cavalieri and La Liberazione di Ruggiero nell'Isola d'Alcina by Francesca Caccini. The national committee for the Fourth-Centenary Celebrations of the Birth of Opera, chose him to conduct Peri's Euridice at Palazzo Pitti. He recently restored and conducted As variedades de Proteo on a text by Antonio J. Da Silva. He has taught at the Institute of Art of the Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires, and in several Italian universities and conservatories. He is presently a teacher at the A. Steffani Conservatory in Castelfranco Veneto and at the Ca' Foscari University in Venice. He directs the IMLA which studies the presence of European music in Latin-American archives. His research into the Padua composer has been published in several volumes and he collaborates with the most important music encyclopaedias. In 1999 he was awarded the Diploma al Mérito by the Konex Foundation for Argentinean Classical Music.