VESPRES D’ARNADÍ is an ensemble specialized in the performance of Baroque music played with period musical instruments created in 2005 under the direction of Dani Espasa and Pere Saragossa. The aim of VESPRES D’ARNADÍ is to offer versions full of emotion, freshness and spontaneity using, in addition to their own criteria, different resources bequeathed in treatises, chronicles and other historical sources.
His name remember the concerts in the eighteenth century, were usually offered in the evenings (VESPRES in Catalan language) as a “dessert” for the distinguished dinners in the homes of nobles and bourgeois families. Pumpkin, sugar and almonds are the ingredients of ARNADÍ, one of the oldest desserts in the Valencian Country.
With an intense concert activity, the ensemble performs in important concert halls and festivals in Europe such as Peralada, Barcelona, Seville, Santander, Madrid, London, Halle, Prague and Ostrava, among others.
Vespres d'Arnadí has recorded Pièces de Simphonie by Charles Desmazures, Missa en Re Major by Josep Mir i Llussà and Anna Maria Strada, la favorita de Händel, all of them on the Musièpoca label. The last of the discs is entitled L'Alessandro amante, featuring the countertenor Xavier Sabata and released on the Aparté label.
In addition to the singers mentioned above, the orchestra collaborates with prestigious soloists, such as the mezzo-sopranos Vivica Genaux, Mary Ellen Nesi and Marta Infante; the sopranos Núria Rial, Anna Devin, Sunhae Im and Marie Lys; the altos Hilary Summers and Sonia Prina; and the tenors Emiliano González Toro and Juan Sancho, to name but a few.
Vespres d'Arnadí receives grants from the Institut Ramon Llull, the Department of Culture of the Government of Catalonia and the Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM).