The Full Monteverdi


One of the most moving collections of Renaissance vocal music brought to life as a contemporary drama specifically for the screen.

Clare Wilkinson

Claudio Monteverdi’s Fourth book of Madrigals (1603) explores differing emotional states of abandoned lovers through the most dramatic and amazingly modern music for vocal ensemble. The Full Monteverdi follows the simultaneous break-up of six couples, from shocking revelation, vengeful anger and erotic longing for reconciliation, as an ensemble film. Vulnerable and disarming, it draws viewers into its emotional journey and intensely moving portrait of contemporary love.

Giles Underwood

Seated in a restaurant, the six couples begin to quarrel over dinner. Onlookers are drawn to the interactions of their fellow diners, yet also wary of their invasive gaze, as the relationships fragment before their eyes. The couples fight over moments in the past, then reflect on better times and unrealised dreams. Ultimately, the six (singing) lovers are left to contemplate life alone.

Gina Peach

The film takes place over an evening and following morning, with several scenes shot as flashback, giving viewers the back-story to the lovers’ downfall. The film is sung throughout.

For detailed synopsis and further information please see Press page.

Watch the trailer here.

The poets whose lyrics feature in the film include Ridolfo Arlotti, Aurelio Gatti, Giovanni Battista Guarini, Maurizio Moro, Ottavio Rinuccini and Torquato Tasso.

English translations of the poems are available here:
The Full Monteverdi – texts and translations of Book 4.

For general enquires please contact Greg Browning

Or tel : 0044-(0)117-9723-959 / fax : 0044-(0)117-981-6082

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