Founded in Amsterdam in 1979 by Alan Curtis, one of the most acclaimed specialists in the interpretation of pre-romantic music,
Il Complesso Barocco, has become a renowned international baroque orchestra with a focus on Italian Baroque opera and oratorio. Their high standard for interpretation, intonation and stylistic accuracy has led to their being requested in the most important concert venues and festivals in Europe and America. Alan Curtis, together with Il Complesso Barocco, has also played a fundamental role in themodern revival of Baroque operas, especially those of Monteverdi, Vivaldi and Handel. Admeto, the first Handel opera to be revived with original instruments, including theorbo, was conducted by Alan Curtis in the AmsterdamConcertgebouw in 1979 at which time it was recorded and widely praised. In the present century, their Handel recordings have included Rodrigo (awarded the Premio Internazionale del Disco “Antonio Vivaldi” 2000), Arminio (International Handel Recording Prize 2002), Deidamia (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2003 and International Handel Recording Prize 2004), Lotario (for BMG), Rodelinda (for Deutsche Gramophon- Archiv), Radamisto (International Handel Recording Prize 2005), Fernando re di Castiglia (Sosarme), Floridante, Tolomeo, Alcina and Ezio.