Cappella Mediterranea

Cappella Mediterranea

Mathilde Fasso

The Ensemble Cappella Mediterranea was founded in 2005 by Leonardo Garcia Alarcón. As indicated by his name, this ensemble is originally impassioned by the music’s of the Mediterranean basin, and intends to propose another approach of the Latin Baroque music.

Biography

The Ensemble Cappella Mediterranea was founded in 2005 by Leonardo Garcia Alarcón. As indicated by his name, this ensemble is originally impassioned by the music’s of the Mediterranean basin, and intends to propose another approach of the Latin Baroque music.
10 years later, the repertory of Cappella Mediterranea considerably widened. With more than 45 concerts per year, the ensemble explores, amongst others, the madrigal, the polyphonic motet and opera. A mixt which gives a very particular style,pervaded by a rare complicity between the director and his musicians. The enthusiastic encounters of Cappella Mediterranea with some neglected scores, its original reading of the repertory, its concerts mixed with theatre and dance and it’s recordings are highly regarded.


The success in 2010 of Il Diluvio Universale by Michelangelo Falvetti was an outstanding moment. It widened considerably the audience of the ensemble and of Leonardo García Alarcón.
Cappella Mediterranea performs in prestigious venues and festivals: Ambronay, Festival of Saint Denis near Paris, Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Château de Versailles, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Canergie Hall in New-York, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires…The list is endless.

Cappella Mediterranea won great acclaim in 2013 at the opera Festival of Aix-en-Provence with Cavalli’s opera Elena. 
Since then, Cappella Mediterranea is considered one of the main ensemble for opera productions and receives many invitations to leading opera houses.In 2016, Cappella introduced Cavalli to the repertory of the National Opera of Paris at the Palais Garnier with Eliogabalo, which was also given at the Opera of Amsterdam in 2017. In 2017, the ensemble also performed again at the opera Festival of Aix-en-Provence, the Royal Opéra of Versailles and the Grand Théâtre of Geneva with Erismena or Il Giasone by Cavalli. In 2018, Cappella Mediterranea will start a residence at Opéra de Dijon for several years.

The discography of Cappella Mediterranea includes around twenty titles on various labels: Ricercar, Naïve, Ambronay and Alpha Classic
Its recordings of music by BarbaraStrozzi, Giovanni Giorgi, Giuseppe Zamponi and Michelangelo Falvetti are regarded as benchmarks. They gained many awards: Editor’s Choice of BBC, Diamant d’Or of Opéra Magazine, Choc for Classica, Diapason d’Or, ffff forTélérama, etc...

Strozzi Virtuosissima Compositrice has been nominated at the MidemClassical Awards in 2010, Sogno Barocco with Anne Sofie Von Otter was nominated for the Grammy Awards 2013 in Los Angeles. I 7 Peccati Capitali was nominated in the «best recording category» for Les Victoires de la Musique 2017. 

The ensemble Cappella Mediterranea receives support from the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication- DRAC Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the city of Geneva, and a private foundation in Geneva.
Cappella Mediterranea is member of the Fevis and the Bureau export.
L’Institut Français, Spedidam, Leenaards foundation, La Caisse d’Épargne Rhône-Alpes and the Club cap’ med’ supported Cappella Mediterranea's projects in 2017.