Orfeo - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2015) - L'Orfeo - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2015)

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The history of great opera begins with the premiere of Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo on 24 February 1607 in the ducal palace in Mantua. It was Monteverdi's first opera, produced as courtly entertainment for the carnival season. For this 'favola in musica' (story in music) he incorporated existing musical forms, such as madrigals and the newly developed recitative (singing with speech-like rhythms and minimal accompaniment). But the result was revolutionary, possessing a powerful emotional truth that had never been seen before in musical dramas. Orfeo is rightly acclaimed as the first operatic work of art.

A new collaboration between the Roundhouse and The Royal Opera, Orfeo follows on from L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe, in spring 2014. Former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company Michael Boyd directs in his operatic debut, with a production that is as much theatrical spectacle as tribute to Monteverdi's musical genius.

More information is available on the operahouse's official website.

Schedule

January 13, 2015 00:00:00

January 14, 2015 00:00:00

January 16, 2015 00:00:00

January 17, 2015 00:00:00

January 20, 2015 00:00:00

January 21, 2015 00:00:00

January 23, 2015 00:00:00

January 24, 2015 00:00:00

Casting

Christian Curnyn

Gyula Orendt

Susanna Hurrell

Mary Bevan

Susan Bickley

Christopher Lowrey

James Platt

Callum Thorpe

Rachel Kelly

Amar Muchhala

Mary Bevan

Susanna Hurrell

Anthony Gregory

Amar Muchhala

Christopher Lowrey

Work's characters list

Conductor

Orfeo

Euridice

La Musica

La messaggera

La Speranza

Caronte

Plutone

Proserpina

Apollon

Ninfa

Eco

Pastore I

Pastore II

Pastore III

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