Favola in musica in five acts with a prologue to a libretto by Alessandro Striggio, premiered in Mantova in 1607.
Marc Mauillon Orfeo
Marie Théoleyre Euridice, Musica
Floriane Hasler Messaggiera
Marianne Beate Kielland Speranza, Proserpina
Salvo Vitale Plutone, Caronte
Victor Sicard Apollo
Marco Angioloni Pastore I, Spirito II
Arnaud Gluck Pastore II, Spirito IV
Matteo Laconi Pastore III, Spirito I, Eco
Nicolas Certenais Pastore IV, Spirito III
Isaure Brunner Ninfa
Yannick Bosc, Loïc Faquet et Xavier Perez Dancers
Royal Opera Chorus
The Concert of Nations
Jordi Savall Conductor
Pauline Bayle Director
Emmanuel Clolus Stage sets
Bernadette Villard Costumes
Pascal Noël Lights
Performance in Italian with French and English surtitles.
In the beginning was the Word: the song of Orpheus!
To find Eurydice, who dies on their wedding night, the shepherd and singer Orpheus travels to the underworld to win her back with his divine skill. His laments convince Pluto to release Eurydice – on certain conditions. At the end of the ordeal, the master of harmony is revealed as a fallible and deeply human figure, imbued with Monteverdi’s sensitivity.
It is extremely rare to be able to date the birth of an art form, yet with opera, we can. On 24 February 1607, in Mantova, the first performance of Striggio and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo gave rise to an unprecedented format that fused theatre with music. The new expressiveness of the recitar cantando combined with the various forms of court performances, with equal mastery of details and of the whole.
The work was both a synthesis and a prototype. Its success led to other performances, its dissemination, new commissions, and more. Three decades later, in Venice, Monteverdi presided over the advent of opera, now an economic and cultural phenomenon. The figure of Orpheus illustrates this birth of lyric art. Jordi Savall and the Concert des Nations take on this performance, supported by the profound sensitivity of Marc Mauillon, reviving this inaugural tragedy, at once personal and universal, its resounding fanfares and sumptuous choruses retaining all their extraordinary power four centuries later.
Repeat of the performance first presented on 4 June 2021 at the Opéra Comique
Co-production by the Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Opéra Comique, Opéra Grand Avignon
Friday June 21st 2024 " 15 minutes with" at 7.30pm (to be confirmed)
On presentation of your ticket for that evening and subject to availability.
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