English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir
Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Monteverdi’s ‘fable in music’ is arguably the first great masterpiece of the operatic stage, some four centuries after it was composed, L’Orfeo remains one of the most potent explorations of the Orpheus myth ever conceived – an audacious debut about the power of music itself.
Tracing a spellbinding trajectory from elation through despair to acceptance via heavenly intervention, it tells the story of love’s young dream, cruelly compromised when death separates Orpheus and his new bride Eurydice. Spurred on by Hope, assisted by the persuasive power of his song, Orpheus gains admission to the Underworld only to fail in his attempt to rescue Eurydice when he looks back fearing she is not following. Whether in the opera’s Arcadian sweetness and light, the showstopping virtuosity of Orpheus’ entreaty to the boatman Charon, or the unbearable pathos of his Act V lament, L’Orfeo unfolds a score – rich in colourful chorus work – that sears and delights.
Sung in Italian with surtitles.
Premium tickets including champagne reception available
Before the performance, Bristol Plays Music will host a series of free workshops to held at the Colston Hall on May 27th – this time around Monteverdi’s masterpiece Orfeo. These workshops have been designed for young instrumentalists and will showcase a number of authentic renaissance instruments including the cornetti and the viola di gamba. Click here for more information.
Colston Hall is privileged to be a host venue of Monteverdi 450, in which Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts his English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir along with a stellar cast of international soloists in a landmark semi-staged presentation of Monteverdi’s three surviving operas.
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