Theatro dei Cervelli (Theatre of the Brains!) is a recently created ensemble devoted to Renaissance and Early Baroque Italian music directed by musician and musicologist Andrés Locatelli. It reunites singers and instrumentalists of international provenance that share the same passion for the rediscovery of Italian sacred and secular music from ca. 1500-1650. Our mission is to explore the interaction between thought, music and emotion from a historical perspective and through a careful study of historical performance, theory, and musical/textual traditions.
The ensemble's name is borrowed from Italian humanist Tommaso Garzoni (1549-1589), whose treatise Theatro de' vari e diversi cervelli mondani (1583) is one of the most curious early-modern attempts to describe and categorise the human mind and all the different personalities (called cervelli, cervellini, cervellazzi, etc.).
Here is a list of the various cervelli that have taken part in our productions so far: