1607 is a vocal and instrumental consort founded by Marco Vitale and based on on the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.

After presenting a choral workshop at the University of Victoria,  Marco envisioned a bringing together of talented vocalists in the Vancouver island area to perform Italian madrigals at a professional level.  The ensemble focuses on works by Monteverdi, Marenzio, Gabrieli and their contemporaries. It will make its debut at the first ART ISLE festival in 2021.

More information: 1607.ca

1607 is the premiere date for Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo, a milestone in the evolution of opera and vocal music.