While classic opera was born with Monteverdi in northern Italy, popular opera and commedia dell’arte developed in Naples in the 17th century. This is where the European Baroque ensemble L’Arpeggiata find their inspiration. They have delighted opera audiences across the world since 2000 with their improvisational concerts featuring tarantellas and other dances as well as cantatas. The dynamic ensemble and soloists perform their lighthearted programme in a period setting at the Vasa Museum.

L’Arpeggiata is an ensemble of artistically prominent virtuoso musicians founded in 2000 by Christina Pluhar. They inspire audiences and media worldwide with their unconventional, captivating performances that are performed together with soloists from widely diverse backgrounds.

L’Arpeggiata is named for a toccata by Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger. The ensemble only performs 17th century music. They have toured Europe, Australia, South America, Japan, China, New Zeeland, and the United States showcasing their enthusiastic joy of playing early music, improvisation and experimentation.

In the 17th century Naples was seen as the capital of music and the birthplace of opera and commedia dell’arte. Prominent musicians and composers, including the famous castrati, were trained at renowned conservatories in the city. During their musical journey of exploration through Neapolitan 17th century music, L’Arpeggiata brings to life early Baroque vocal music and Neapolitan folk songs: two love-stricken pazzi lament their unrequited love at the “Hospital for the lovesick”. War erupts in the Bay of Naples between small and big fish because the unfaithful anchovy has fallen in love again. On the streets of Naples passionate tarantellas are heard and virtuoso arias are sung in the palaces. L’Arpeggiata offers a programme that is as surprising, diverse, animated and colourful as the city at the foot of the Vesuvius. All in a historic setting with the Swedish 17th century ship Vasa as a backdrop.



After studying guitar in her home city of Graz, Christina Pluhar graduated in lute with Toyohiko Sato at the Hague Conservatoire. She was awarded with the ’Diplôme Supérieur de Perfectionnement’ at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Hopkinson Smith. Then she studied with Mara Galassi at the Scuola Civica di Milano.

In 1992 she won the 1st Prize in the International Old Music Competition of Malmö with the ensemble La Fenice.

She has lived in Paris since 1992, where she performs as a soloist and continuo player in prestigious festivals with famous groups such as La Fenice, Concerto Soave, Accordone, Elyma, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Ricercar, Akademia, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Concerto Köln, and in ensembles directed by René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, Alessandro di Marchi. Her repertoire includes solo and continuo works from the 16th to 18th centuries for Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, archlute, theorbo and Baroque harp.

Since 1993 she has given master classes at Graz University, as well as providing baroque harp classes at the Conservatoire of The Hague from 1999.

In 2000 she founded the Arpeggiata ensemble. For ten years Christina and her Ensemble have been recording albums as Teatro d’amore and Music for a While and playing all over Europe. She devotes a lot of time to the Ensemble L’Arpeggiata, as she is not only conductor and musician on stage, but she builds the programs herself, and spends a lot of time doing research and the necessary preliminary work for L’Arpeggiata’s concerts and CDs.


Approximate timings

Céline Scheen, Dorota Szczepańska, Luciana Mancini, Vincenzo Capezzuto, Alessandro Giangrande, João Fernandes

Céline Scheen, Dorota Szczepańska, Luciana Mancini, Vincenzo Capezzuto, Alessandro Giangrande, João Fernandes

1 Una dama la più fortunata (Vincenzo Capezzuto, Alessandro Giangrande)
2 Ballo detto la Barerra – Aria : Non e vero (Céline Scheen, Luciana Mancini)
3 Rezitativo : Basti, sospenda il Ballo (Luciana Mancini)
4 Dormi, o Ninno (João Fernandes)
5 Rezitativo : Silenzio o voci (Vincenzo Capezzuto)
6 Gioca al ombre il mio bel sole (Céline Scheen, Dorota Szczepańska, Luciana Mancini, Vincenzo Capezzuto, Alessandro Giangrande, João Fernandes)


Approximate concert length: 1 hour 25 min (no intermission)