fortyfivedownstairs in association with Melbourne Festival presents




Artist Angela Cavalieri

A magical dream of Venice comes to Melbourne, with this combination of music and art inspired by revolutionary Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi.

Multi–award–winning artist Angela Cavalieri returns from a residency at Venice’s Scuola Internazionale di Grafica to present new works based on Monteverdi’s final opera, alongside monumental prints inspired by his Madrigals of War and Love.

The exhibition is a culmination of Angela’s exploration of music as storytelling from the last four years including a commission from the Arts Centre Victoria and her Creative Fellowship at State Library Victoria.



This spectacular installation is illuminated through sound by two sublime and beguiling live music programs: Variations (presented by contemporary ensemble Press, Play)and Cantations (presented by John O’Donnell and Accademia Arcadia).

Free public program

The Inspiration of Monteverdi
Thu 01 October from 11—11.30am

Join Mary Lou Jelbart, Artistic Director of fortyfivedownstairs in conversation with Sonya Lifschitz, pianist in ensemble group Press, Play and exhibiting artist Angela Cavalieri as they cover influences both musical and artistic as well as their personal approaches to interpreting the work of legendary composer Claudio Monteverdi.

The Art of the World
Thu 08 October from 6—6.30pm

Join Angela Cavalieri as she speaks about her recent body of work and the inspiration taken from State Library Collection items. Dr Colin Holden will discuss the significance of words and text in relation to Monteverdi's madrigals. The talk includes a presentation of images of collection items referenced during Angela's 2012 State Library Victoria Creative Fellowship.

Monteverdi: Master of Passions
Sat 10 October from 12—1pm

Hear John O'Donnell, acclaimed harpsichordist and Monteverdi scholar as he speaks about the man behind some of the world’s most legendary music. John is also performing in the CANZONE - Music as Storytelling performance Cantations along with members of the Accademia Arcadia.

Meet the Artist
Sat 17 October from 12.30pm

This is an opportunity to meet artist Angela Cavalieri who will be in the exhibition space speaking about her work. Enjoy a coffee from the ST ALi pop up café and view these magnificent pieces up close.