L’Orfeo: Opera by Claudio Monteverdi at Opera Bastille
Under the baton of the leading conductor Geoffroy Jourdain, from 11 to 21 May 2016, Opera Bastille presents a new production of Claudio Monteverdi’s early Baroque favola in musica, L’Orfeo, also known as La favola d'Orfeo.
The premiere of L’Orfeo was on February, 24th, 1607. It was written in the same year by the librettist Alessandro Striggio (1573–1630), the son of the famous Italian composer Alessandro Striggio (1536/1537–1592).
Founded on the legend of Orpheus, the Greek poet, musician, and prophet, L’Orfeo depicts the story of the mythical hero who strives to bring his beloved wife Eurydice back from the underworld, following her terrible death. It also illustrates the tragic end of the hero after failing to retrieve her.
L’Orfeo is written in five acts and lasts approximately 140 minutes. The cast includes popular singers like Pauline Texier, Tomasz Kumiega, Laure Poissonnier, Emanuela Pascu, Gemma Ní Bhriain, Andriy Gnatiuk, Mikhail Timoshenko, Damien Pass, Yu Shao, Alban Dufourt, Adèle Carlier, Anne-Lou Bissières, William Shelton, Guillaume Figiel Delpech, Sorin Dumitrascu, and Alvaro Valles.
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