Nowhere else do people suffer and love as intensively as on the operatic stage; no other era has set the most exquisite of feelings so passionately and poignantly to music as in the Baroque age, and hardly any other singer today is able to transfer these grandest of emotions as searingly into the twenty-first century as Simone Kermes – a pop star of Baroque song!
Simone Kermes is world-famous not only for her breathtaking vocal virtuosity, igniting one vocal firework after another, but also for her deeply felt interpretations, moving her audience to tears. For all the wildness and colourful diversity of her scintillating appearances she goes straight to the heart of her audience. She has been accompanied since 2017 by the Amici Veneziani – an instrumental ensemble she founded herself – and we can hear and feel the intimate bond of friendship uniting musicians and singer. With Canzonetta d’amore Simone Kermes presents the vast range offered by the musical Baroque era on the theme of love: with Claudio Monteverdi’s heartbreaking Lamento della ninfa, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s tempestuous outbreaks of rage by an afflicted soul in the aria Tu me da me dividi, also Henry Purcell’s tender declaration of love to music in Music for a While – and a must in such a concert of course is Riccardo Broschi’s electrifying compositional excess for Farinelli: Qual guerriero in campo armato!