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Madrigal Madness

Exploring the madrigal repertoire

June 14-18, 2022 online and in New York City

Madrigal Madness 2022: Madrigals of Marenzio
For 2022 Madrigal Madness returns to live ensemble singing with a selection of music from the Madrigals, Book 9 by Luca Marenzio ( c.1553-1599). Published in 1599 near the end of his life, these madrigals are celebrated for their exoticism and dramatic chromaticism, set to poetry of the ancients such as Dante (13th century) and Petrarca (14th century) as well as Guarini, one of the hot young poets of the 16th century.  ARTEK will select up to 6 Fellows who will join with the seasoned artists of ARTEK to present a public concert of these masterpieces of the madrigal repertoire.


Tuesday, June 14: Fellows will participate in an evening workshop (online and/or live) workshop on ensemble ornamentation in the 16th century with director Gwendolyn Toth (auditors by request).
June 14-16: individual coachings and rehearsals for Fellows, live and/or online.
June 17-18: ensemble rehearsals in New York City
Saturday, June 18: 4 pm public concert by Fellows and members of ARTEK, with contextual commentary on the poetry and musical settings.

ARTEK is excited to share the talents of its established coaches with young singers who demonstrate enthusiasm for ensemble singing and vocal potential in 16th- and 17th-century repertoire. Vocal directors for this year’s Madrigal Madness are Clara Rottsolk, soprano; and Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano. Applications are now open and can be found on YAP Tracker, or at this link on Google docs.  There is no application fee. Fellows will receive a modest honorarium with the potential of a small travel reimbursement for out of town singers. For more information, contact us at


NYC Cultural Affairs
New York Council on the Arts

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