27 April-29 May .
Monteverdi is acclaimed as the first major figure in the history of opera, and one of the greatest of all opera composers. His operas were all but forgotten for 300 years but today he is acknowledged as the first opera composer of genius. His hometown, Cremona, honours him with an annual three-week festival featuring a mix of his own works and the music of those he inspired and mentored. This year the festival