This ensemble Dialogos was founded in 1997 by Katarina Livjanić, a renowned Croatian musicologist and vocalist, one of the globally most renowned experts in medieval music. Since their very beginnings, the ensemble Dialogos has been known as one of the most excellent and most original contemporary early music ensembles. The ensemble’s projects combine new research in musicology and innovative approaches to medieval music interpretation, adding a theatrical dimension and a unique musical expression. Depending on the needs of the project, the members of the ensemble Dialogos change and therefore gather the best female and male vocal soloists.
As early as in their first projects, the ensemble Dialogos won over world’s music critics (The New York Times, Early Music America, Le Monde, Le Figaro, El País, The Guardian) and successfully performed in globally renowned concert halls and music festivals (Lincoln Center, Festival of Saintes, Utrecht, Ambronay, Royal Festival Hall of London, Metropolitan Museum of New York, Cité de la musique in Paris, Boston Early Music Festival, Edinburgh Festival), aired on the radio and TV.
Their success has ensured the ensemble as many as five records under the labels Arcana, Sony-BMG, Ambronay Editions and Empreinte Digitale. Due to excellent reviews and many awards, Dialogos records have become some of the most significant music projects of today (Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique and Goldberg 5 stars).
The ensemble currently works on projects exploring the richness of the mediaeval repertoire, monophonic chants, early polyphony and musical theatre. They currently work on several stage projects, notably Judita, a musical theatre staging of the historical biblical story written in medieval Dalmatia, and the project Chant Wars, co-produced with the ensemble Sequentia, representing Carolingian European vocal tradition from the 9th and 10th centuries. The Petrified Voices programme, which will be performed by Dialogos at this year’s Korkyra Baroque Festival, was developed in cooperation with a group of Croatian traditional signers Kantaduri, and brings back to life popular traditions and devotion of medieval Bosnia and Herzegovina through music.