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L’Orfeo

Claudio Monteverdi

All the consummate artistry of Monteverdi, historic “founder” of the opera genre for a perfect blend of theatre performance and music.

Emiliano Gonzales Toro, Thomas Dunford - DR

Cast

Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro Orfeo
Giulia Semenzato  Euridice / Musica
Mathias Vidal Pastore
David Szigetvari Pastore
Fulvio Bettini  Apollo
Eva Zaïcik Pastore / La Speranza
Mathilde Etienne Proserpina
Frédéric Caton Plutone / Pastore
Lea Desandre La Messagiera
Jérôme Varnier Pastore / Caronte
Maud Gnidzaz Ninfa

Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro direction
Thomas Dunford lute and direction
I Gemelli
Mathilde Etienne 
mise en espace 
Karine Godier, Sébastien Blondin 
costumes

Approximate running time
1st part: 1h - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 50mn

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 accolade, what it demonstrates above all is Monteverdi’s dramatic genius which inspired him to be the first to combine the theatre, music and emotions, thus setting a benchmark for major opera composers past and present to aspire to ever since. Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo gives the mythical figure who seeks out his beloved in the underworld an incredibly human and modern form. In a Mantoue shaped by the Renaissance and tentatively embracing the 17th century, Monteverdi draws on every musical means at his disposal to create a new type of work. The resulting synthesis is stunning, featuring sung and declaimed arias, dances pulsating with music, bucolic ensemble pieces and moving flights of choral singing, not to mention an orchestra which fully embraces the tragedy. From the very start, the music spells out Monteverdi’s ambition as stated in the Prologue to “draw men’s souls towards the heavens”. Monteverdi ensures that we make that journey.

Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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