Thank you for celebrating Monteverdi 450 with us

After three glorious opera performances, resulting in 45,164cm of tickets being printed, comprising of 8 hours and 50 mins of stage time, performed by a total of 78 performers, including 41 singers, 24 lutes and 6 sackbuts, we’ve been treated to some of the most incredible music during the Monteverdi 450 series!

We hope you enjoyed the performances of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea and L’Orfeo at Colston Hall performed by the astonishing Monteverdi Choir and Opera and English Baroque Soloists under the skilful baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner as much as we have. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to present these landmark works in Bristol to mark 450 years since the pioneering composers birth.

Here’s a look back at some of our favourite moments, the glowing reviews and high praise from our audiences.

What the critics thought

“It was all magically coherent, every phrase totally memorable.”

The Guardian on L’Orfeo

“Triumphant…the unmissable event of Monteverdi this year.”

The Times on lI ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

“A better presentation of this beautiful, serene masterpiece would be hard to imagine. on L’Orfeo

“Do as Nero would do and ruthlessly bribe, cheat or bully your way to a ticket.”

The Times on lI ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

What you thought of Monteverdi 450

A few of our favourite moments in pictures

Photography by Chis Cooper ShotAway and Paul Box