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CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI, L’ORFEO



Venice: La Fenice Opera House

Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Director: Elsa Rooke/Sir John Eliot Gardiner

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2017-06-16

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Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Director Elsa Rooke and Sir John Eliot Gardiner

The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra

450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth



Seven years after the première of Caccini’s Euridice, the mother of all operas, Monteverdi returns to the myth of Orpheus. Performed in Mantua at the Gonzaga court in 1607 to a libretto by Alessandro Striggio, L’Orfeo is faithful to the Greek myth: instead of a happy end there is a suspended tragic ending. The ‘recitar cantando’ (midway between song and speech) begins to be codified in its forms and stylistic elements whilst the music is set free in its melodic inventions so it becomes one with the text. The Greek tragedy has found its modern singer