Since July 2017, Maestro Mencoboni has been training a consort of singers in ensemble work and Baroque vocal and musical techniques. The masterclasses focus on the work of the influential Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporaries and culminates in a showcase concert in December 2017, a performance with the Maestro during the festival, and a production for Teatru Manoel’s 2018/2019 season – Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, which depicts a power struggle between the goddesses of Virtue of Fortune and the god of Love.