Venetia Antiqua is a synthesis of international performers with a vast range of experience and repertoire, all of whom live or have studied in Venice, and who have dedicated themselves to the preservation of the integrity of her Baroque musical traditions. All music is performed on original instruments or exact copies, using the performance practices of the time. Great care is taken in the research and choice of repertoire, which is culled from old favorites and unpublished but equally glorious works. Individually, the musicians continue to perform with many of the most famous conductors (Andrea Marcon, Sir Simon Rattle, Marc Minkowski, Alan Curtis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, etc) and orchestras (Venice Baroque Orchestra, Solisti Veneti, Santa Fe Pro Musica, etc) in the world’s highest-level theaters and concert halls (Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein, etc). They record with top labels (Sony, Arts, Deutsche Grammophon, Towerhill, etc). Liesl Odenweller’s gown and jewels are designed by Gualti of Venice. More complete information is available at www.lieslodenweller.com and www.venicemusicproject.it.
Violinist Luca Mares began his studies with his father, continuing at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello in Venezia, receiving his degree as a student of M° Giuliano Carmignola. From the start, he was captivated by Early Music, played in the style of the times, and participated in many courses with specialists in the field. He is the Concertmaster of Venice Baroque Orchestra, with whom he has played in some of the most important concert halls in the world, including Royal Albert Hall in London (Proms), Théâtre du Chatelet (Parigi), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein and Konzerthaus (Vienna), Tokyo Opera City and Kioi Hall (Tokyo), Filarmonica (Warsaw), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Philarmonie (Cologne), many of which were broadcast by prestigious television and radionetworks.
Co-founder of Venetia Antiqua, the soprano Liesl Odenweller consistently delights audiences and critics throughout Europe in her unique and exciting interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and has sung operatic roles in some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including Teatro La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo, and the Teatro Piccolo di Milano, as well as concerts in Carnegie Hall, the Auditorium di Milano, Teatro La Fenice, collaborating with such orchestras as Riccardo Chailly’s Orchestra Verdi di Milano, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and the Neue Bachorchestra. Liesl Odenweller’s gown and jewels are designed by Gualti of Venice. More complete information is available at www.lieslodenweller.com