Claudio Monteverdi (Cremona, 1567 – Venice, 1643) accompanied the transition from renaissance to baroque music with his work. An immensely talented composer, he left a deep mark on the musical language of the time. In fact, he was the first to write an opera ("L’Orfeo", which was a great success) that contained a real, identifiable dramatic plot, in other words, a melodrama. He caused controversy and discussion with his innovative style, yet his work represents a moment of change, influencing the other composers of his time and their successors, who were inspired by him. Places: in Cremona, the “Cremona per Monteverdi 2017” Exhibition; in Mantua, the Accademia degli Invaghiti, where “L’Orfeo” was staged.