The ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro was founded in 2012 and specialises in operas and instrumental works of the Baroque, the Classical Period and bel canto. The musicians are proven experts in the field of historically informed performance practice. The orchestra works together with conductors Riccardo Minasi, Maxim Emelyanychev, Stefano Montanari, George Petrou and Enrico Onofri. Since 2016 Maxim Emelyanychev has been principal conductor of the orchestra and since 2019 Francesco Corti its principal guest conductor. Il Pomo d’Oro performs in the leading concert halls and at festivals throughout Europe, also in the Opéra Royal in Versailles and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Il Pomo d’Oro has played in concerts with mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg and the counter tenor Jakub Józef Orliński and guested together with Joyce DiDonato throughout the world with the programme In War and Peace, the recording of which was honoured by an Echo Klassik award in 2017. Il Pomo d’Oro’s discography includes award-winning instrumental recordings, also several opera recordings, Handel’s Tamerlano, Partenope, Ottone, re di Germania and Agrippina, the recording of Vinci’s opera Catone in Utica, likewise distinguished by an Echo Klassik award, also recordings with the counter tenors Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli and Xavier Sabata. In 2019 the album Anima Sacra with Jakub Józef Orliński and Voglio Cantar with the soprano Emöke Barath were distinguished with the premier Opus Klassik award, and the recording of Handel’s Serse with Maxim Emelyanychev as musical director won the important Italian Premio Abbiati del disco. In 2018 the recording of Alessandro Stradella’s opera La Doriclea, conducted by Andrea di Carlo, won the prize of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics Award). With Joyce DiDonato in 2020 Il Pomo d’Oro under Francesco Corti was heard for the first time at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival.