Collaborations 1st November 201817th September 2019 The next Shanghai Baroque Festival will be in December 2019 and will be dedicated to Italian music of the 17th century. For this edition, Philippe Herreweghe will bring his world renowned chorus, Collegium Vocale for Claudio Monteverdi’s masterpiece Vespers of 1610” one of the most important works of the period. The concert will be in the SSO main hall on December 7th, 2019. Following shortly after, Maestro Stern will collaborate with China’s first baroque ensemble, the Shanghai Camerata, founded by Menglin Gao, and a trio of excellent chinese singers, Lei Xu, Yajie Zhang and Meili Li. The program will consist of two of the main composers who followed Monteverdi, Antonio Cesti and Francesco Cavalli. Their compositions take the traditions of the early 17th century and transform them into a more lively form of opera. The subjects are often sensual and comic and were considered more contemporary to their public. The performance on the 12th of December will take place in the recital hall of the SSO. In December 2018, David Stern and Opera Fuoco started a world tour of Bach's B minor Mass at the Shanghai Baroque Festival with the Tölzer Knabenchor, one of the most important boys choirs in the world, and Andreas Scholl, Markus Werba and the three of the finest soloists from Opera Fuoco's Young Artist Program. This was the first performance of the B Minor Mass in China. In December 2015, soprano Raffaela Milanese sang the title role of Handel’s opera Alcina and soprano Alice Coote sang a recital program in the Shanghai Symphony's chamber hall. A third concert saw a collaboration between Opera Fuoco and Shanghai Symphony players in a program of Bach and Handel orchestral suites. Stern conducted performances of Haendel's Giulio Gesareand Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for the festival's opening in 2014, the first time this repertoire was heard on baroque instruments in Shanghai. As featured guest artist, mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux sang the role of Caesar joined by Opera Fuoco's studio soloists, period-instrument orchestra, and a chorus of young artists from the Shanghai conservatory.