OPERA OMNIA is a vocal-instrumental group committed to Spain’s immense musical heritage. Specialising in early music, Opera Omnia brings together the ideas and experiences of musicians who regularly collaborate with groups as important as John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloist, Vincent Dumestre’s Le Poème Harmonique or Jordi Savall’s Hesperión XXI. Directed by violinist Isaac M. Pulet, Opera Omnia focuses its activity on the recovery of the Spanish musical heritage of the baroque and classicism with original instruments and a daring and novel approach. The result is fresh and brilliant versions that display great virtuosity.
Opera Omnia premieres the programme ‘Requiem por una dinastía’ (‘Requiem for a dynasty’) at the Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro in Madrid, centred on the figure of the Maestro of the Royal Chapel Sebastián Durón, whose main work is the Misa de difuntos (‘Mass for the Dead’) probably written to commemorate the death of Charles II, the last Spanish Austrian. They are invited by the Ancient Music Weeks of Estella, Logroño and Álava with their programme SARAO, which brings together the music of two great composers such as Juan Francés de Iribarren, chapel master of the Cathedral of Málaga, and Diego Pérez de Camino, chapel master of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and which Opera Omnia has the honour of having premiered in modern times. At the Festival de Música Antigua de las Tres Culturas in Zaragoza, Opera Omnia presents a project with music by Sebastián Durón called VAYA, PUES, ROMPIENDO EL AIRE (“go, then, breaking the air”), a set of sacred works in romance for treble and accompaniment that shows the enormous inventiveness of this composer. Opera Omnia was assisted by musicologist Raúl Angulo and Ars Hispana for the elaboration of the programmes.