Urbino Musica Antica 2022

Lisandro Abadie

/// Baroque singing

Period: 26th - 30th July

This course aims to explore the dialogue between poets and musicians, particularly in France, Italy, England and Germany, with an emphasis on studying the individual singers for whom the music was composed, insofar as their identity or that of their peers is known.

Lisandro Abadie


We will analyse compositional choices, which follow or sometimes contradict the poetic structure, or its content. In particular, we will try to reflect on the individual qualities of the singers who inspired the different composers, as well as on the specificities of some singing composers.

Our exploration will be guided by valuable commentaries by relevant theorists and musicians who worked throughout Europe from the late 16th century to the late 18th century.

Repertoire: to be chosen by the students.

Audition required with audio or video recording.

The teacher

Lisandro Abadie was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he began his musical studies. He graduated at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the Musikhochschule Luzern. He was awarded the Edwin Fischer Gedenkpreis in 2006.

He has sung under the direction of William Christie, Laurence Cummings, Václav Luks, Philippe Herreweghe, Facundo Agudin, Rubén Dubrovsky, Jordi Savall, Paul Agnew, Paul Goodwin, Giovanni Antonini, Fabio Bonizzoni, Skip Sempé, Vincent Dumestre, Simon-Pierre Bestion, Jörg Halubek, Hervé Niquet, Adam Viktora, Geoffroy Jourdain, among others.

In the field of opera, his wide repertoire extends from Monteverdi to contemporary music and particularly includes Handel and Viktor Ullmann. In 2010 he created the title role of the opera Cachafaz by Oscar Strasnoy, staged by Benjamin Lazar. He has collaborated with ensembles like Les Arts Florissants, Collegium 1704, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Talens Lyriques, Le Poème Harmonique, La Tempête, Le Concert Étranger, Ensemble Inégal, La Risonanza.

Among his numerous recordings: Handel’s Music for Queen Caroline, Airs sérieux et à boire (Bien que l’amour, Si vous vouliez un jour, N’espérez plus mes yeux), Handel’s Siroe, the complete Monteverdi Madrigals and Vespro, Hayes’ The Passions, Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, Gilles’ Messe des Morts, Marais’ Sémélé, Lalande’s Grands Motets, Schumann’s Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Bach Mirror, The Tempest, and the DVDs of Handel’s La Resurrezione, and Lully’s Phaëton.

Since 2019, Lisandro teaches singing, musical and literary sources, in the Master of Advanced Studies, AVES (Advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies) at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He is invited to give masterclasses with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, at the Mozarteum Salzburg, and in the Venice Madrigal Weeks.

He collaborates with the lutenist Mónica Pustilnik and with the pianist and composer Paul Suits. He regularly performs at the Handel Festivals in London, Karlsruhe, Göttingen.

Lisandro is the author of numerous translations, and regularly collaborates as a dramaturgical researcher with the stage director Benjamin Lazar. His research on the manuscript of Viktor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis is reflected in the recent recording for IBS records.

His most recent collaboration with EarlyMusicSources.com resulted in his translation and bilingual edition of Giulio Caccini’s Published Writings.

Presently he is preparing a book on his current research topic: “vibrato” –oscillations, pulsations, undulations– as documented by historical sources and organ stops in Europe and in the New World since the 16th century.