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    Claudio Monteverdi


    Rolando Villazón
    Rolando Villazón © Monika Hoefler

    Rolando Villazón Orfeo
    Céline ScheenProserpina / La Musica
    Luciana Mancini Messaggiera
    Anne-Kathryn Olsen
    Lila Hajosi Ninfa
    Benedetta Mazzucato Speranza / Ninfa
    Vincenzo Capezzuto Pastore
    Krystian AdamPastore / Spirito
    Aidan Coburn
    Pastore / Echo / Spirito infernale
    Zachary Wilder Pastore/ Spirito infernale
    Benoît ArnouldSpirito infernale / Apollo
    Dingle Yandell
    Pastore / Plutone / Spirito infernale
    Joao Fernandes
    Pastore / Caronto

    Christina Pluhar direction

    Sung in Italian with French and English subtitles

    This favola in musica is considered to be the first masterpiece in the history of opera. Looking beyond this pedigree, it is above all the expression of Monteverdi’s unique dramatic genius, and his ability to combine theatre, music and emotion – an ideal to which great opera composers still aspire to this day. In Orfeo, Monteverdi makes the mythical figure of the poet seeking his beloved in the Underworld an extraordinarily human and incredibly modern character. In a Florence still shaped by the Renaissance, Monteverdi invents a new form with the full range of musical resources at his disposal. He creates a dazzling synthesis with arias both sung and declaimed in turn, dances with lush music, bucolic ensembles, dazzling flights of choral singing, and an orchestra which fully engages with the tragic tale. Music sums up the aim in the Prologue: “to draw men’s souls to the heavens”. Monteverdi certainly leads us there.

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées