Accademia Arcadia is a Baroque chamber ensemble of high originality. Known simply as Arcadia, this company was formed by Jacqueline Ogeil in 2001 to explore the trio sonata, cantata, early opera and grand liturgical music genres.
Arcadia’s concerts were broadcast by ABC Classic FM from its inception in 2001. Its début CD of Buxtehude Cantatas for the Tall Poppies label, including world première recordings of five cantatas, won international critical acclaim, as did its second CD, Handel’s Italian Cantatas. In 2007 Arcadia’s CD Trio Sonatas, also released with Tall Poppies, was a finalist for an ARIA award.
In 2009 Arcadia accompanied the Victorian Opera’s production of Xerxes in the new Elisabeth Murdoch Recital Hall. Arcadia has performed international premières of new editions of some of the very earliest operas: Gagliano’s Dafne of 1608 in 2008 and Peri’s Euridice of 1600 in 2014.
Its annual performances in the Woodend Winter Art Festival have been a popular feature, including liturgical gems with the outstanding chamber choir Ensemble Gombert. As well as the Baroque operas, first Australian performances with original instruments include Domenico Scarlatti cantatas, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and Vivaldi’s Vespers.
Il Diavolo is Accademia Arcadia’s fourth CD.
- Accademia Arcadia perform Sense & Sensibility at Woodend Winter Arts Festival, 2017
Patrons have included:
The late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC, DBE, was the Chief Patron of Accademia Arcadia until her death in 2012
Sir Gustav Nossal AC, KTCBE
Dr Rodney Hall AM
Hon Dr Barry Jones AO
Professor John Hopkins OBE