It is my great pleasure to invite you to the third edition of the Actus Humanus Festival. Its overriding idea is to present musical pieces corresponding with the Christmas season but also to present the most important masterpieces of early music interpreted by top representatives of historically informed performance from all over the world.
Thanks to carefully selected repertoire and the presence of unquestionable authorities of early music at the Festival, Gdańsk has become one of central places on a map of cultural events dedicated to early music. The Actus Humanus Festival dates back to 2011. Within just two years the city of Hevelius hosted the following eminent figures: Jordi Savall, Ottavio Dantone, Fabio Biondi, Pierre Hantaï, Pedro Memelsdorff, Antonio Florio, Federico Maria Sardelli, Dominique Visse, Claudio Cavina, Patrizia Bovi, Pino de Vittorio and the most distinguished ensembles of the world: Europa Galante, I Turchini, Modo Antiquo, Ensemble Clément Janequin, La Venexiana, Ensemble Micrologus, Akadêmia and Mala Punica. In 2013 we will participate in sensational concerts of Geminiani’s music performed by Fabio Biondi and his ensemble Europa Galante, Italian and German Christmas masterpieces interpreted by Maria Cristina Kiehr and Concerto Soave, medieval Franco-Flemish songs performed by Marcel Pérès and Ensemble Organum, Bach’s Goldberg Variations in a unique arrangement for six viols presented by Fretwork, Renaissance and Baroque carols interpreted by Huelgas Ensemble under the baton of Paul van Nevel and a recital of Vivaldi’s arias and duets in phenomenal interpretations of the most important Italian opera divas - Sonia Prina and Roberta Invernizzi, accompanied by Il Complesso Barocco with charismatic Alan Curtis. You are witnesses of a cultural phenomenon in Gdańsk that joined the elite group of European capital cities of early music. We hope that together with us you will become a part of the beautiful history of the Actus Humanus Festival.