Laboratorio’600 (Seicento)was founded in 2010 by Franco Pavan and combines only strummed period instruments. The ensemble focuses its interest on a completely unexplored repertoire of the Renaissance and Early Baroque period. Aim of the ensemble is to present the fascinating results of musical researches, based on scientific resources, especially on essays and studies about the continuo.

 few years the ensemble was invited to perform in Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Slovenia, and thanks to the many successful concerts was able to establish a long-term collaboration with the Spanish label Glossa, which is supporting the incredible repertoire the ensemble is exploring, together with the singer Pino de Vittorio. The first CD of the ensemble Siciliane was released in May 2013, after almost three years of researches. Siciliane is a journey in the music of Sicily of the 16th and 17th Centuries, presenting songs of astonishing beauty and performed with overwhelming intensity by Pino de Vittorio. In the present season the ensemble is giving its debut at the Festival Radovljica in Slovenia, the All´Improvviso Festival in Gliwice/Poland, the Bucerius Forum in Hamburg, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the De Bijloke in Gent, in Spain at FEMAS in Sevilla and in A Coruña, as well as at the festivals Terras sem ombra in Beja and Le Nuits de Septembre in Liège. Future CD releases for Glossa include the premiere recording of Alessandro Della Ciaja´s Lamentationes with Roberta Invernizzi and the second recording with Pino De Vittorio devoted to the music of Calabria. “The concept behind Laboratorio ´600 is the performing of Italian early music on plucked instruments. Our projects are always inspired by long researches in archives and Libraries. The name Laboratorio ´600 is related to a pivotal period of the history of music – the XVIIth Century, when the Western music first reached the form we know today: the operatic performances, a new attention for soloists and virtuosism, etc. This Century was the beginning of a new musical era, and in the meanwhile retained both the sacred and secular culture of the past centuries, with its vast repertoire of popular music and knowledge, and this is a further, peculiar reason we love it. Roots deep in the ground, and wings bringing us far in the heavens – this is our dream and hope, and our daily guideline in our work” (F. Pavan)
Pino de Vittorio ©Rino Trasi

Actor and singer, Pino de Vittorio is born in Leporano, near Taranto. After working for the preservation of the ancient popular traditions of his region, Puglia, together with Angelo Savelli established the theatre company Pupi e Fresedde. He joined then the company directed by Roberto De Simone, acting in some of his important works: Mistero napolitano, Li Zite ´ngalera, Opera buffa del Giovedì Santo, La Gatta Cenerentola, Stabat Mater (with Irene Papas), Requiem in memoria di Pier Paolo Pasolini, Le 99 disgrazie di Pulcinella, Il drago – all shows which got success all over the world, from Berlin to Edinburgh, From New York to Buenos Aires.

As opera singer, his debut was at the San Carlo theatre in Naples, with Crispino e la comare, by the Ricci brothers, with reruns at the La Fenice theatre in Venice, and at the Théatre des Champs-Elyseés in Paris. He has been often invited by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, singing among others operas, in the Monteverdi´s Orfeo, in the elaboration by Luciano Berio. At the Settimane internazionali in Naples, he sung in L´idolo Cineses by Paisiello, Pulcinella by Stravinski conducted by Massimo De Bernardt, and L´Histoire du soldat, conducted by Salvatore Accardo. Together with Rinaldo Alessadrini, he sung the role of Nutrice in L´incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi, in Salamanca, at the Opéra de Paris and at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In London he sung in Dafne by Marco Da Gagliano in the presence of the Royal Family. Pino de Vittorio regularly works together with the ensemble I Turchini conducted by Antonio Florio (previous name till 2010, La cappella della Pietà dei Turchini), singing at the most important world´s festivals. under the baton of Antonio Florio, he sung in La colomba ferita by Francesco Provenzale (San Carlo theatre in Naples, Mssimo theatre in Palermo), La finta cameriera by Gaetano Latilla, Pulcinella vendicato by Paisiello (Bellini theatre in Catania, and in Mexico City), Li zite ´ngalera (Piccinni theatre in Bari), La festa napoletana and Il disperato innocente by Francesco Boerio (Clermont-Ferrand), La Partenope by Leonardo Vinci (San Carlo theatre in Naples, Leon, Santander, Siville, A Coruña), L´Ottavia by Domenico Scarlatti (San Sebastian).Together with I Turchini, he recorderd several CDs for Opus 111, naïve, Eloquentia, Glossa Symphonia