The Academy of Ancient Music is our first Associate Ensemble

We are delighted to announced that The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has become our first Associate Ensemble.

While the Teatro San Cassiano is in development and construction, the AAM’s expertise and scholarship will be harnessed to actively contribute to ongoing research around Italian opera of the period, particularly lesser-known gems ripe for revisiting. As with AAM’s recent Handel: Brockes-Passion project, AAM will work closely with scholars and musicologists to produce new performing editions of unavailable operas in preparation for fully staged productions.

AAM will regularly tour to Venice once Teatro San Cassiano is completed, performing alongside TSC’s resident orchestra, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, under the guidance of Artistic Director Andrea Marcon. Across several years, AAM also looks to raise the profile of Teatro San Cassiano as a centre of excellence in historically-informed performance practice through performances and ongoing research.

Teatro San Cassiano CEO and Founder Paul Atkin comments: “The Teatro San Cassiano needs to be home to the best historically informed performances of opera worldwide. The Academy of Ancient Music are just that. They are precisely the type of ensemble that the theatre is being built for and we are simply delighted to join with them in exploring, performing and promoting HIP Baroque opera. It’s going to be very exciting.

AAM Chief Executive Alexander Van Ingen adds: “In 1637, Teatro San Cassiano opened its doors to the wider public, and as such became the world’s first public opera house. By reconstructing the opera house exactly as it was, Paul Atkin and his outstanding team will build on this incredible legacy and take baroque opera to wider audiences around the world.
This is a vision we share at the Academy of Ancient Music. We believe that the quest to rediscover the past is far from done, and we want to pass on our discoveries to the next generation of players and listeners. Once completed, Teatro San Cassiano will be the only fully active Baroque theatre in the world, and eventually the world’s foremost centre of Baroque opera. We are delighted to work with Paul Atkin towards this goal.


The Academy of Ancient Music

The Academy of Ancient Music is an orchestra with a worldwide reputation for excellence in Baroque and Classical music. It takes inspiration directly from the music’s composers, using historically informed techniques, period-specific instruments and original sources to bring music to life in committed, vibrant performances.

The ensemble was founded by Christopher Hogwood in 1973 and remains at the forefront of the worldwide early music scene more than four decades on; Richard Egarr became its Music Director in 2006. AAM is proud to be the most listened-to orchestra of its kind online and has released more than 300 discs, most recently on its own record label, AAM Records. Among its countless accolades for recording are Classic BRIT, Gramophone and Edison awards.

The AAM is based in Cambridge and is Orchestra-in-Residence at the city’s university. Its London home is the Barbican Centre, where it is Associate Ensemble, and it is also Orchestra-in-Residence at the Grange Festival, Chiltern Arts Festival, Music at Oxford and the Apex, Bury St Edmunds.

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