Asia tour from May 4 to 15

Orfeo 55 is happy to announce its very first tour in Asia from May 4 to 15!

May 4 2018: Oriental Arts Centre, Shanghai, China
May 6 2018: Forbidden City Hall, Beijing, China
May 9 2018: Sichuan Conservatory Concert Hall, Chengdu, China
May 11 2018: Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, China
May 15 2018: Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan

The programme of the tour, named “From Venice to Versailles”, will be largely devoted to the Arie antiche of the recent recording Quella Fiamma with arias by Vivaldi, Handel, Caldara, Cavalli, Scarlatti, Durante…

A tour especially supported by the Festival Croisements 2018 which aims at reinforcing cultural links between France and China. For more information, please visit:

New album: Quella Fiamma, Arie Antiche – Released on 27 October 2017

Order the album here:

The Arie Antiche compiled by Alessandro Parisotti are known to each and every student of classical singing. But with Quella Fiamma, Nathalie Stutzmann and Orfeo 55 breathe new fire into this primer for the voice, performing these songs and arias with original orchestrations, as they would have been heard in their day. Before they were lessons, they were high art.

This album is a selection of pieces from Arie antiche, a 19th Century collection of songs edited by Alessandro Parisotti to be a vocal primer. Though now more famous as the editor of Arie antiche, Parisotti was also a composer, and he managed to slip one of his own works into the book by attributing to Giovanni Pergolesi his song “Se tu m’ami”. The collection was very much a part of the trend to rediscover old and forgotten works, and the popularity of the three-volume set has endured to this day.

For this album the musicians of Orfeo 55 have worked painstakingly to source original scores and to edit the parts as necessary. While the instrumental works are not part of Parisotti’s primer, they provide brief musical interludes between the songs to enhance the overall listening experience and bring these works together into a coherent programme.