Revisit Monteverdi's Vespers

We are proud to begin our 35th Season with Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, which we last performed in 2010. This masterpiece looks back while it looks forward, just as Monteverdi himself bridges Renaissance and Baroque--a court musician and composer known for both secular and sacred works, including madrigals, early opera, and liturgical works.  Both the work and the composer involve fascinating histories, and our performances will blend the early music performance practices of Bella Voce with the period instrument nuances of The Callipygian Players.  We invite you to join us on October 21 and 22 to experience a vibrant and authentic performance of the Vespers of 1610.

Listen to an excerpt from our 2010 performance here:


Announcing our 35th Season!

We are proud to announce a rich new season of profound music and intimate, moving musical experiences. We begin with Monteverdi's monumental Vespers of 1610 in October, followed by our seventh season of partnering with Callipygian Players for an intimate period instrument production of Handel's Messiah.  We end 2017 with our popular anthology Holiday Delights.  In early 2018, our one-voice-per-part Bella Voce Camerata will present Steve Reich's minimalist masterpiece Proverb.  And we will conclude our season with our beloved Artistic Director Emerita, Anne Heider, conducting a program designed by herself looking back at Bella Voce's 35 years.  All of this, plus other opportunities to hear us with artistic partners.  Join us!


A German Requiem, Johannes Brahms — Chicago Tribune Review

Our April 1 and 2 performances of Brahms’ German Requiem were stunning—emotionally moving for audience and artists alike.   Chicago Tribune Classical Music Critic John von Rhein writes of our intimate presentation of the work that “The choral singing was clear, precise, well-balanced, engaged with the Brahmsian ethos." Click here to check out the full review, or listen to a selection from the April 2 concert below.  


Our Story

Bella Voce proudly enriches Chicago’s rich cultural tapestry through intimate, moving performances of vocal music. Since 1983, our ensemble has enchanted audiences with historically informed presentations of vocal works, whether well-known, rare, or new. We invite our audiences to join us in discovering artworks that have the power to lift us up, move us, and transform us. Our concerts are crafted through research and careful attention to performance practices, and we partner with Chicago’s top period instrument ensembles to bring works for voice and orchestra to life. Our repertoire and performance practices are rooted in the discipline of the English Renaissance and European Baroque traditions, and we boldly break boundaries to challenge our audiences to explore the expressive and artistic potential of the human musical imagination. We are committed to Chicago and to making the world a safer, more peaceful, more beautiful place through art.


Bella Voce Documentary

In this brief documentary video, Bella Voce's Artistic Director Andrew Lewis reflects on the art and craft of singing and of making choral music.


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