Dolce Epoque

VOCAL

ENSEMBLE

3 Tenors, 1 Baritone, 1 Bass, Piano

Between the beginning of the project in 2017 and today, three different all-male vocal ensembles have performed in the DOLCE ÉPOQUE cast, each one enriching the show with their own individual interpretative verve. The tracks which inspired each group are mainly taken from the Swing repertoire of the Comedian Harmonists, a vocal ensemble made up of 3 tenors (one of them a tenor buffo), 1 baritone, 1 bass and a pianist. Between 1928 and 1935, the Comedians became dizzyingly famous not only in Berlin, where they made their debut: their gramophone records, which sold well over a million copies, quickly spread across the continent. They performed in all the major theatres of the time, including the "Ivan Zajc" Croatian National Theater in Rijeka, where they sang just before their famous "Munich Concert" (their last one in Europe, due to the outbreak of the Second World War), and before moving to the Hollywood movie sets. In order to honour the historical bond of this group with the artistic and cultural heritage of the Kvarner bay, their songs – unsurpassed for their originality, inventiveness and effervescentsense of humour– have become an essential part of the DOLCE ÉPOQUE classical crossover concert.