Contratenor Maarten Engeltje e PRJCT AMESTERDAM | Festival de Sintra
Contratenor Maarten Engeltje e PRJCT AMESTERDAM, Festival de Sintra, Sintra, Palácio Nacional de Queluz
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More than 700 Italian opera scores from the 18th century are preserved in the Ajuda Library, from the collections of the royal theatres. In 1750, during king D. José’s reign, a new cycle in the Portuguese music life arose, essentially streamed to the Italian operatic music. Some of the best Italian musicians and singers were hired to integrate the Royal Chamber, including many castratti, like the famous Gizzielo or the tenor Anton Raaf. Ballet dancers, costumes, instrumentalists and accessories, everything came from Italy, as well as the taste for the gifted vocal repertoire delivered by the castratti.

A music lover, D. Pedro III, King Consort married to D. Maria I – who was D. José’s daughter – promoted countless events and concerts in Queluz Palace, probably like the one that will be recreated by the contratenor Maarten Engeltje and PRJCT AMESTERDAM.

More than 700 Italian opera scores from the 18th century are preserved in the Ajuda Library, from the collections of the royal theatres. In 1750, during king D. José’s reign, a new cycle in the Portuguese music life arose, essentially streamed to the Italian operatic music. Some of the best Italian musicians and singers were hired to integrate the Royal Chamber, including many castratti, like the famous Gizzielo or the tenor Anton Raaf. Ballet dancers, costumes, instrumentalists and accessories, everything came from Italy, as well as the taste for the gifted vocal repertoire delivered by the castratti.

A music lover, D. Pedro III, King Consort married to D. Maria I – who was D. José’s daughter – promoted countless events and concerts in Queluz Palace, probably like the one that will be recreated by the contratenor Maarten Engeltje and PRJCT AMESTERDAM.

Contratenor Maarten Engeltje e PRJCT AMESTERDAM

Antonio Vivaldi

Nisi Dominus RV 608

 

G. F. Haendel

árias de Rodelinda, Giulio Cesare, Tolomeo, Imeneo, Rinaldo, Ariodante

Maarten Engeltje

PRJCT AMESTERDAM

PRJCT Amsterdam is a Baroque Orchestra around counter tenor Maarten Engeltjes, founded in 2017. The ensemble consists of a core of outstanding, recently graduated musicians, with a shared vision of Baroque music.

PRJCT Amsterdam aims at engaging a broader, younger and more diverse audience for classical music by offering several special projects per year.

For each project the ensemble seeks to cooperate with prominent Baroque specialists of international allure, as concertmasters and as soloists.

The combination of diverse talents and experiences induces mutual inspiration and aims at a whole that exceeds the sum of the parts.