Marianne Beate Kielland
Le Concert des Nations
Jordi Savall Conductor
Pauline Bayle Director
Monteverdi has been a companion for Jordi Savall for six decades! His first recording of the Vespers in 1988 created a stir, the Catalan maestro and his Latin performers imprinted their original Mediterranean colours on each note of the score... And when he prepared Orfeo in 2001 for the stage of the Liceu in Barcelona, it was with the same joy, the same ardour, the same shimmering colours! Here is a new version of this founding work of Western music, which Jordi Savall interprets with his faithful musicians of the Concert des Nations, giving the title role to a baritone. But what a baritone!
Once again, the magnificent Marc Mauillon interprets this role which fits him like a glove, the bright tone of his flexible voice blending perfectly with Savall's musical vision. Warmth of interpretation and richness of sound will be the key words of this Orfeo revisited by the director Pauline Bayle, anxious to depict the tragic story of Orpheus and Eurydice's love affair, like the epics of the Iliad and the Odyssey she has already staged: an embodied interpretation, with a strong presence of the singers at the service of the text and the music, which is so important for this young actress and director. The soloists brought together by Jordi Savall are not only his faithful followers, but also excellent connoisseurs of Monteverdi's works: a guarantee of a dramatic and musical experience worthy of the iconic Orfeo.
The strong dramatic power of Monteverdi’s first opera, originally staged for a private performance, is the challenge set by the composer to every performance since then: tragic and magical in essence, the destiny of Orpheus is that of the poet and of every lover, an Apollo who can change the course of life and death through the power of beauty. Let Ovid speak in his Metamorphoses: "Orpheus, trembling that Eurydice would disappear, and eager to contemplate her, turned, drawn by love, his eyes towards her; at once she moved back and the unfortunate woman stretched out her arms, endeavouring to be held back by him, and he, trying to catch her, grasped only the inconsistent air..."
Production Opéra Comique
Coproduction Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles
Show in Italian with surtitles in French
Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643)
Opera in five acts with prologue on a libretto by Alessandro Striggio, created in Mantua in 1607.
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