Please join us for an Open Rehearsal of the upcoming concert "In the Shadow of Monteverdi" as part of Canada's Culture Days!

Sunday, September 26th, from 3:30-5:30 pm at
MacNeill Baptist Church, 1145 King St. W., Hamilton.

An Open Rehearsal with Capella Intima- Music of the early Baroque. Come and see how it all comes together- starting with the very first reading, and through the rehearsal process!

Capella Intima is a vocal and instrumental ensemble specializing in the music of the 17th century. The programme being presented next month, "In the Shadow of Monteverdi" features three singers (tenor, baritone and bass) with a continuo group of portative organ and gamba. This concert includes music both sacred and secular by composers who were Venetian contemporaries of the great Claudio Monteverdi, but never achieved his "superstar" status. History has not been kind to Grandi, Legrenzi, Bonini, and the others, but their music was a major contribution to the explosion of musical creativity in early 17th- century Venice.

This open rehearsal will include discussion of "historically-informed performance", as well as addressing issues of ensemble, blend, and how concensus is reached within the ensemble. For all singers, lovers of Baroque music, and anyone who wants to hear something really beautiful!

This event, like all Culture Days events, is free!
Refreshments will be served.

More information about Culture Days can be found at
Welcome to Capella Intima
Artistic Director and Founder Bud Roach was busy recording The Grandi Project this past summer. Several of the 22 arias in Grandi's Third volume of arias from 1626 have been featured in Capella Intima concerts. Bud will also be performing selections from the recording at the Toronto Early Music Fair on September 29th, 2012.
Check out some excerpts and historical background in this promotional video for the project:
Please see details below about our concerts on March 16th and 17th, 2013

​​We are presenting two beautiful pieces of music:  the oratorio "Giuseppe", possibly by Luigi Rossi, preceded by a setting of "Laudate pueri" by Rovetta-  an hour-long concert with beautiful ensembles, arias, and instrumental interludes.

Here are some excerpts from our first rehearsals earlier this week. You can hear more about Capella Intima and these works on John Terauds's first podcast on his blog at

We look forward to meeting you this weekend!​​​​​​​​
Capella Intima performs at the Canadian Bach Festival, presenting our popular programme "Celestial Sirens-  music of the Benedictine Nuns of Milan"

This concert features the music of Chiara Cozzolani, and includes readings from the period that bring to life details about the controversial music of the nuns. People travelled from throughout Europe to hear these "Celestial Sirens". Having performed this programme in Hamilton, Toronto, at the Open Doors Festival, and the New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts, this concert has become Capella Intima's calling card.

Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church,
Exeter, ON
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013     8pm

Our first performances of the 2013-2014 season are the first Toronto and Hamilton performances of our highly successful programme "Celestial Sirens" since 2010.

Saturday, September 21st, 3pm  -  MacNeill Baptist Church, Hamilton
Saturday, September 28th, 3pm  -  St. Paul's Bloor Street, Toronto

Artistic Director of Capella Intima, Bud Roach, as well as Lucas Harris and Borys Medicky, co-directors of the Toronto Continuo Collective, are very pleased to announce a collaborative presentation of Marco da Gagliano's iconic 1608 opera, "La Dafne".

This ambitious undertaking has been made possible in large part by the generosity of the Ontario Arts Council.

Venetian arias and duets
Bud Roach, tenor
David Roth, baritone​​​

October 18th, 2014, 4pm
St. John the Evangelist Church,
Hamilton, ON​​​​
Suggested donation:  $15​

This performance is part of the new baroque concert series in Hamilton-  HAMMER BAROQUE​​​

This concert marks the release of Bud's latest cd for the Musica Omnia label, featuring Sances' complete arias from 1636.​​

Music by Alessandro Grandi and Giovanni Felice Sances​​
                              The critically-acclaimed hit of last season: 
​     Marco da Gagliano's La Dafne, presented with the Toronto Continuo Collective!
In an exciting departure from our usual repertoire from the early Baroque, Capella Intima joins with the Gallery Players of Niagara to present Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas!

Concert performances of this masterpiece did take place in the later decades of the 1700's, most likely ​under some form of gatherings for concerts of "Antient Music", which had become quite popular at the time. We have made a case for this sort of performance that falls somewhere between the salon, the concert hall, and the tavern-  our own "Evening of Antient Music"-  that incorporates Catches, Glees, and arias from Purcell, his contemporaries, and the popular tunes of the day (including one that was most definitely for the tavern *warning-language!*)

There are three performances:  The first in Toronto (details on poster at left), the second in Hamilton at the Five at the First Series , and the final show in St. Catherines on the main series of the Gallery Players of Niagara. We hope you can join us for a fantastic night of music-making!​​
Jenna Douglas interviews Artistic Director
​Bud Roach for Schmopera!
Great reviews for Dido and Aeneas, and our
​"Evening of Antient Music"!

​​Capella Intima performs excerpts from our last two concerts at JunoFest, the Classical showcase for the Juno Awards, Friday, March 13th, 7:30pm at the Rock on Locke!

**Just recently announced**
The Ontario Arts Council has awarded Capella Intima a generous Recording Grant for our first commercial release- Details coming soon!​​​​​
Capella Intima spent a lot of time together in late August, recording our first CD-  sacred canzonettas from a collection published in Milan by Carlo Francesco Rolla in 1657.  Here are some brief excerpts of our work in the sessions!     
Next Concerts:
Toronto Early Music Fair
Saturday, October 17th, 1pm at the historic Fort York!

Saturday, October 17th, 4pm
This eclectic programme includes some of the finest and most familiar madrigals and anthems (from the well-loved Oxford books!), as well as neglected treasures from the songbooks of London's 18th-century singing clubs. Madrigals, Catches, Rounds, and Glees, performed by the four voices of Capella Intima:  An hour of beautiful music, beautifully sung.