The ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro was founded in 2012 and specialises in operas and instrumental works of the baroque, classical and bel canto periods. The musicians are proven experts in the field of historical performance practice. The orchestra works with the conductors Riccardo Minasi, Maxim Emelyanychev, Stefano Montanari, George Petrou and Enrico Onofri. Maxim Emelyanychev has been the orchestra’s principal conductor since 2016 and Francesco Corti its 1st guest conductor since 2019. Il Pomo d’Oro performs in major concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, as well as at the Opéra Royal in Versailles and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.
Il Pomo d’Oro has performed with mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, among others, and toured worldwide with Joyce DiDonato in the programme In War and Peace, whose recording was awarded the Echo Klassik in 2017. Il Pomo d’Oro’s discography includes award-winning instrumental recordings as well as several opera recordings, including Handel’s Tamerlano, Partenope, Ottone, re di Germania and Agrippina, the recording of Vinci’s opera Catone in Utica, which also won an Echo Klassik, and recordings with countertenors Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli and Xavier Sabata. In 2019, the albums Anima Sacra with Jakub Józef Orliński and Voglio Cantar with soprano Emöke Barath were awarded the prestigious Opus Klassik, and the recording of Handel’s Serse conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev received the important Italian Premio Abbiati del disco. The recording of Alessandro Stradella’s opera La Doriclea, conducted by Andrea di Carlo, was honoured with the German Record Critics’ Prize in 2018. With Joyce DiDonato, Il Pomo d’Oro was first heard at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival in 2020 under Francesco Corti.