Patrizia Bovi

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Started in: 2014
Musician type: voice
University: Leiden University
Nationality: Italy

Born in Assisi, Patrizia Bovi studied voice at the Conservatorio di Perugia and with Sergio Pezzetti. Early ensemble work included medieval/Renaissance music with Ensemble Alia Musica (Milan), during which time she attended various seminars on early vocal performance practice in Italy and Europe. Concurrently she interpreted sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian repertory including Monteverdi (Ballo delle Ingrate, Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, ecc.) and related repertory (La Dafne from Marco da Gagliano, Euridice from Jacopo Peri and La Morte di Orfeo from Stefano Landi), and in subsequent years widened her areas of expertise to include music from the thirteenth-century through contemporary music. Bovi has collaborated with various musicians, including Antonio Florio, Pino de Vittorio, Franco Pavan, Marcel Peres, Crawford Young, Begona Olavide and Chiara Banchini. In the 2007/8 season she directed and performed music for the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s project ‘Myth’, which saw performances in over eighty theaters in Europe and North America.

In the 2010/2011 she performed and composed part of music for the choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet’s project “Babel” and Cherkaoui’s “Play”. “Babel” received in 2011 two “Laurence Olivier” awards.

In 1984 Patrizia Bovi founded Ensemble Micrologus, specialists of medieval Italian music, whose performances continue to find acclaim among international audiences.

Together with Micrologus she recorded numerous CDs for Quadrivium and Opus 111, including the prize-winning “Landini and his Contemporaries” (Diapason d’or de l’annèe 1996), “O Jhesu dolce” (Diapason d’or 1997), and “Napolitane” Opus 111 (Diapason d’or de l’annèee 1999).

She founded Meduza in 2011 to perform unknown repertoires, the first two projects were “Lucrezia la figlia del papa”on Lucrezia Borgia’s life and “Justiniane or l’aer veneziano”XV centurty venitian repertotire, for the 30th years of Micrologus she directed the cd program: “Carnivalesque” on Italian frottole and villotte of early fifteenth century, the cd received the Diapason d’or in November 2014.

Additionally Bovi is active teaching courses on medieval singing, flavored with years of experience in the performance of Italian traditional music, in settings such as Corsi di Musica Antica (Urbino), Fondation Royaumont (Paris) Melbourne University (Australia) and University of Texas (Austin).

She teaches at the Centro Studi europeo di musica medievale Adolfo Broegg in Spello since 2009 and in 2015 she started teaching at Labyrinth workshop in Crete (Greece).

In 2008 she was awarded the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” from the Minister of French Culture.


Between Oral and Written Tradition: Reconstructing ‘Lost’ Singing Practices of Quattrocento Italy.

Started in 2014

What kinds of vocal music were not typically transmitted in written musical notation? Can specific ‘lost’ song forms - siciliane, giustiniane, le Grechesche, gli stili “regionali“ nel canto del quattrocento - be more precisely identified than they have been until now, both in musicological research and in…