The Instrumental Ensemble laBarocca, the youngest creature of Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, was founded in 2008 with the aim of forming an ensemble of professional musicians highly specialised in the performance practice of the Baroque Age. Year after year, together with the Vocal Ensemble conducted by Gianluca Capuano, laBarocca has increased its repertoire, which includes a wide range of works from the early Baroque (among them Vespro della Beata Vergine by Monteverdi and Davidis Pugna et Victoria by Alessandro Scarlatti) to classical works of the 18th century.
George Frideric Handel's Messiah, J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) and Easter Oratorio (BWV 249), performed every year, have now become traditional events for the city of Milan during the related festivities. With its programme laBarocca also celebrates important musical anniversaries, such as the 300th anniversary of G.F. Handel's Rinaldo premiere, the death of J.P. Rameau, the 25th anniversary of C.W. Gluck’s Orfeo e Euridice and so forth.
laBarocca regularly cooperates with internationally renowned artists, such as Stefano Montanari, Carlo Vincenzo Allemano, Benoît Arnould, Cyril Auvity, Randall Bolls, Karina Gauvin, Ugo Guagliardo, David Hansen, Roberta Invernizzi, Stefanie Irányi, Klaus Kuttler, Clemens-Christian Löschmann, Josè Maria Lo Monaco, Filippo Mineccia, Davide Pozzi, Sonia Prina, Lenneke Ruiten, Makoto Sakurada, Céline Scheen, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Christian Senn, Sonya Yoncheva, Deborah York.
After five years of intense activity, in November and December 2013 laBarocca made its first official tour through some of the most important Italian cities, from Veneto to Sicily. Future engagements include the debut at Wigmore Hall in London with Sonia Prina for a concert devoted to Gluck’s operatic repertoire.